What does it mean “God is faithful”? The Hebrew root from which the words translated “faithful” and “faithfulness” in the Old Testament are derived means to prop or stay or support. “Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.” (Deut. 7:9) The Greek word used in the New Testament means trustworthy or to be relied upon. “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” (2 Cor. 1:20) The Lord’s faithfulness is something which is completely unyielding, even when I lack faith! He is the support on which I lean upon. Even when I think I’m standing up on my own, it is His arms who are holding me up.
When we feel that circumstances may be against us, we need to remember that “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” (Ps 9:9-10) We don’t know what lies on the road ahead of us, but we do know who holds our circumstances and that He is faithful. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Rom 8:28) And since we know that He is working out all details for the good of His purposes, we can “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thess. 5:18).
I haven’t felt well for several weeks because of an on-going and apparently long-standing infection. I am being healed, but it seems to be a slow healing (to me). But I am healing and will be healed. Today I am grateful that He has reminded me that He is holding me in His arms, He will heal me, and has invited me to use this time to come closer to His throne of grace and spend time with Him in His Word. “I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.” (Ps. 9:1-2)
I love the chorus of the hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness”, and want to share it with you:
“Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!