“If we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.”
2 Timothy 2:13
Faithfulness is more than how God acts in regard to His promises or commitments. It is who He is! God cannot be anything but faithful, because to do anything else would cause Him to have to disown Himself! Faithfulness is God’s nature:
“When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised. People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged.”
God’s faithfulness is an immutable, unchangeable truth. Understanding this is important for two reasons. First, knowing this about God can infuse a believer with a tremendous amount of peace. Secondly, because it is an unchanging truth about God, it should not be such a changing attribute in each of our lives:
“Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”
2 Peter 1:4
Faithfulness, therefore, should be a priority for us; because when we walk in faithfulness we demonstrate God’s very nature.
Most of us, if asked, would likely characterize ourselves as being faithful. However, if we are honest, we will find it is a characterization based on comparison. We either gauge our faithfulness in comparison to how we used to live or we compare ourselves to others we deem to be less faithful.Yet, when we were to compare ourselves to God, who does not change and is faithful by nature, we quickly see the depth of our character flaw.
Pastor Scott Burr