by Eric Dunbar
Throughout the Bible we see that God is faithful. Because God is faithful, everything that He has promised will come to pass. God’s faithfulness is a guarantee that He cannot lie, and what He has said in the Bible about Himself is true. Jesus said that He is the Truth. Our hope of obtaining eternal life is built on His faithfulness.
There are 277 accounts of covenants between God and man written in the Bible. The first covenant that God made with man is the promise to save Noah and his family from the destruction that He would bring upon the earth because of the sin of mankind.
God told Abraham, whose name at the time was Abram, that his descendants would be in number as the stars of heaven. Abram believed God, but his wife Sarai doubted. Sarai convinced Abram to have a child with her maidservant Haggai and she bore Abram a son, Ishmael.
“And Abraham said to God, ‘Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!’ Then God said: ‘No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation.'”
God cannot lie. Every promise God has made has come to pass, or will come to pass. Heaven and earth will pass away but God’s word will never fail.
Examples of God’s Faithfulness
- God is faithful to forgive us even when we are unfaithful to Him. The Bible tells us that even if we are without faith to believe God, He remains faithful toward us, for He cannot deny Himself. The Bible says if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just, and He will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
- None of the gods of this world can make a promise of faithfulness. Our God is faithful to protect us. When the devil comes to tempt us God is faithful to not allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able to bear. Not only that, when we are tempted, God helps us in the temptation to show us how to not give in to it.
- God desires that we become more increasingly like Him. God is faithful to complete the good work He began in us when we first acknowledged Him and He is faithful to complete that work until Jesus comes again to receive us unto Himself.
- God’s faithful to give us the promise of His Son to redeem us, and again He was faithful to send Him.
- God is faithful in that He promised us eternal life through faith in His Son.
- God promises not to remember our sins based on His faithfulness to the New Covenant.
God is faithful and He wants us to emulate his faithfulness in our lives. We are justified by our faith, therefore we should hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for our God who promised is faithful.