“If we are faithless, He remains faithful…” 2 Timothy 2:13
As I was studying in preparation for this post I discovered that nearly every time scripture describes someone as being faithful it is God that is being spoken of. Either the author is reminding us of God’s unfailing faithfulness, promising his continued faithfulness, or praising God for the same.
But when it comes to people, when it comes to you and me, either we’re being rebuked for our unfaithfulness or we’re being reminded of our inconstancy. It seems that when it comes to fulfilling our promises, meeting our responsibilities, and being able to be counted on; the only thing we can depend on is our undependability.
There’s the children of Israel promising, “All that God has said we will do.” And then forty days later their worshipping the golden calf. There’s Peter boasting, “Even if everyone else runs away I’ll stay with you.” Then just hours later he’s denying that he ever knew Jesus. And there’s you and me raising our hands or standing for the appeal at the end of a sermon. Perhaps we’re committing to greater faithfulness in prayer and personal study, or maybe we’re saying we’ll be more engaged in witnessing for our faith. And then within days, and sometimes just hours, it’s back to the same old, same old.
The only bright spot on the horizon for us, when it comes to faithfulness, is this: God promises that he will forgive us, and he will intervene and he will make us faithful. Once again the testimony of scripture sustains the truth concisely presented in Galatians 5:22-23. Faithfulness, like all the fruit of the spirit, only comes into a life that is born “of the Spirit.”
I don’t know about the rest of you but I’m proud that we have a God that is faithful. And I’m relieved that when it comes to the fruit of faithfulness, The One who promises that he will make us faithful is himself the Holy Father of faithfulness.