Believing in a Faithful God
“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
Our human nature draws us to look at what we can see, what we can touch, and what we can think up in our own minds. And yet, the Lord calls us to see beyond that which is visible, to reach out to touch what is not yet in front of us, and to dream the seemingly impossible dreams He has planted in our hearts of which are yet to come in this world and the next. To live in that sort of manner requires faith, but not blind faith like that of a little girl with a fairy tale dream in her head, taking her on trips out of her current reality to live in a most wonderful place that is far removed from the life she must live day in and day out. No, our faith has a foundation set upon our God who is faithfulness Itself – He is the faithful God, the One who has already seen what our eyes cannot distinguish apart from His Spirit; the One who has already touched all He has created for us with His perfect precision and love imparted towards our lives; and, the One who has already dreamed for us things our minds cannot even conceive as possible for our future.
But what is even more amazing than how God works in His faithful way like this in our lives, is the fact that He has bound up all that He has promised ever person and every living creature in heaven and on earth in His book of promises, the Bible. For that reason, the Bible needs to be our nearest and dearest guidebook in this life. The Bible t alone holds our connection between that which we cannot perceive and that which God has already done through the end of time.
In talking about God's faithfulness, AW Tozer in his book, The Attributes of God, talks about this important connection we need to keep with God through His promises in the Bible in order to stay faithful to our God who is ever faithful in all He has spoken and done for us.
“Why don't you start reading your Bible with the thought that God meant exactly what He said there?...When you read your Bible, instead of wondering about it, say to yourself, 'God wrote this and God is faithful; God cannot lie.'” AW Tozer
Maybe you have a book of bible verses called God's Book of Promises. Here are so many on the market and they have printed up books for fathers, mothers, kids, teens, college students...the list goes on and on. The commercial connection with these books I feel draws away the important use these little books could be given in reminding the Christian and non-Christian alike, about the faithfulness of God amidst any situation in life.
Below I have taken the time to list out just a few verses that highlight how God's word reminds us of His faithfulness. It would be of great encouragement to you that if you find yourself feeling trodden down by life in any of these areas, you take the accompanying verse, write it down on a card, carry it with you, recite it until you believe it and also memorize it so that it is never far from you again. In this manner, God's promises of faithfulness will never be far from you and you will be less likely to take the road of believing against your ever faithful Father.
For the sinner: “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light...and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7
For the tired: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
For the tempted: “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
For the seemingly forgotten: “For a mere moment I have forsaken you, but with great mercies I will gather you. With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment; but with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,” says the Lord, your Redeemer.” Isaiah 54:7-8
For the unsettled in spirit: “For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,' says the Lord, who has mercy on you.” Isaiah 54:10
May our ever faithful God secure your faith in Him as you trust in His word and believe on Him in what He has promised beyond what our human facilities can confirm – it is a walk of faith to believe and live in the presence of a faithful God but His promises will not disappoint.