“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23
“If we are faithless, He remains faithful—for He cannot deny Himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13
“God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:9
“For the word of the Lord is upright, and all His work is done in faithfulness.” Psalm 33:4
“The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.’” Exodus 34:6
These five passages of Scripture, two from the Old Testament and three from the New Testament, along with scores of others have something in common in spite of their diverse topic matter. Each of these passages reminds us that God is faithful.
Let’s take a quick look at what each of these five Scriptures is saying to us about that faithfulness. Hebrews 10:23 tells us to “hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering,” and the reason we should be heedful of that is because “He who promised is faithful.”
God’s promise (covenant) with Abraham was that through his “seed” (Jesus) the other two aspects of God’s promise, descendants numerous as stars and all the nations would be blessed, would be fulfilled. Throughout the long history of Israel the hope of the coming Messiah underlined the dreams of the nation. They looked forward to the fulfillment of the promise and the ushering in of the “age to come.”
The writer of Hebrews is reminding Christians that now, in Christ, they are the new Israel and the promises made to Abraham and now fulfilled in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus are now applicable to them. The promise of salvation through the Messiah is complete and they have benefited from that saving grace. The faithfulness of Jesus that led Him to the cross on our behalf has seen the defeat of sin, Satan, and death.
In our walk with Christ there are times we are discouraged and despondent regarding our relationship with Him. We feel like we are failing, not spiritual enough, too indifferent, too sinful, and God is too distant to believe that he could possibly love us. Yet, this verse (Hebrews 10:23) tells us to hold fast our hope because God doesn’t give up on us or toss us away because of our failures. This verse is a reminder that no matter how much we think we are distant from God—we aren’t. Hold fast; don’t give in to fear, because Jesus promises are assured. (See John 3:16)
2 Timothy 2:13 reinforces what we have just said about Hebrews 10:23. Even when we are faithless “He remains faithful.” Martin Luther told us, and I’m paraphrasing here, that when our heart tells us to give up, go to our mind and claim the promise you are saved by the grace of God. In other words let the assurance of Scripture override the emotions of doubt and fear.
1 Corinthians 1:9 reveals that the faithfulness of God is manifested through Jesus Christ our Lord and we are called into fellowship with Him. Our salvation is not about us or what we do; it is about the faithfulness of God the Father and Jesus, Lord of our lives, that makes salvation happen. By faith we accept their faithfulness and acknowledge it by allowing and inviting their love to flow into our hearts. We are not saved by our faith, and there is no power in our faith; we are saved by the faithfulness of Jesus. Our faith is a simple trust in that faithfulness. It is an acknowledgment of amazing love and sacrifice on our behalf and an invitation for the Spirit of love, peace, grace, and compassion to dwell within our hearts.
Psalm 33 reminds us that the word of the Lord is upright and everything He does is in “righteousness.” When we read these verses we can have assurance that they are accurate and true. We can trust that the words God speaks to us through His prophets are “upright” and trustworthy.
“The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.’” Exodus 34:6 This is speaking of Moses asking to see the glory of God and these are the words of His response. God is merciful, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
These five qualities, if we can call them that, of God should be written on the hearts of every Christian and when we face turmoil and discouragement—remember them. Just let these amazing words sink in for a moment. He is merciful and gracious. He is also slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. His love doesn’t waver and doesn’t have limits; instead it is as solid as a rock and limitless as the sands of the sea. Our God is faithful!
When discouragement comes banging on your door, lying to you about who you are, and stabbing your heart with swords of doubt and fear, remember your God is faithful. He is merciful and gracious and steadfast in His love for you. His faithfulness went to the cross for you. Do you think He is going to abandon you because you have a bad day, a bad month, a bad year or a bad life? No way!
Have faith in His faithfulness to you. You are a child of God and a child of God is not abandoned on the street of despondency and forgetfulness on His part. He has adopted you into the family and made you an heir, not because you are good enough or worked hard enough to become His child, but because He loves you. How does He show that love to you? He is faithful.