As Christians, we sometimes question God’s faithfulness. Some people believe that God is not always looking out for us or that He has forgotten us. It’s easy to feel this way when you look around, turn on the news, or take interest in what’s going on in the world. We’re all going through troubling times and faith is more important than ever.
It’s important to remember that God is faithful and He will always be faithful. It is no accident that we’re here on earth. It’s our responsibility to always trust in God and know that no matter what happens, God’s faithfulness is consistent through any storm.
As you read through this article, I hope it enlightens your spirit. I hope it helps you feel closer to God so that you can deepen your understanding of how God is faithful and also practice faithfulness in your own life.
God has a special way of showing His faithfulness and it’s sprinkled all throughout the scriptures. Let’s take a look.
Does the Bible Say God Is Faithful?
“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations, and repays to their face those who hate him, by destroying them. He will not be slack with one who hates him. He will repay him to his face. You shall therefore be careful to do the commandment and the statutes and the rules that I command you today.”
What would you say the definition of faithful is? God is faithful because he keeps his promises. God promises to look after us, provide us with love, and stand by His commandments. He does so without question, time and time again.
This verse says that those who hate Him, He will destroy. Those who have faith will be treated with steadfast love for thousands of generations.
God keeps this promise. That’s faithfulness to me. Those who are faithful stand by their word, they stick to their guns, they keep their promises, and they never back down from something they said they would do.
Our job in this Christian walk is to glorify God however possible. The promise of that is that we’ll spend eternity in heaven with the Father. That’s a promise that God keeps.
“Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.”
Once again we see an instance of God’s faithfulness. The scripture says that the Lord gives us direction and teaches us the right way to go. The Lord also provides steadfast love and faithfulness to those who keep his covenant. As Christians, we’ve earned this through the baptism of our original sin.
What we do with this gift is up to us from there. Do we continue to walk in the light of the Lord or travel down the road of darkness? Regardless of which way you go, the Lord has a plan and He sticks to it. The deciding factor comes with our decision to follow Him or not follow Him.
Scriptures that show us that God is faithful should also guide us in our own lives. Are we always as faithful as we should be? Most of the time, probably not.
Do we always keep our promises? Are we trustworthy? Can people lean on us for something in their time of need?
If you can’t answer yes to any of these, chances are you’re not living a faithful life. People cannot trust you like they trust God. Our ultimate goal in life is to live as much as we can according to God’s standard. That means we should always ask ourselves what Jesus would do in a situation. If we don’t think Jesus would do it, we likely shouldn’t do it.
Here are some additional pieces of scripture about God’s faithfulness:
“The man bowed his head and worshiped the Lord and said, ‘Blessed be the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his steadfast love and his faithfulness toward my master. As for me, the Lord has led me in the way to the house of my master’s kinsmen.’”
“The Lord passed before him (Moses) and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness…’”
“God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?”
“Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. Prove me, O Lord, and try me; test my heart and my mind. For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness.”
“For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me; you take me out of the net they have hidden for me, for you are my refuge. Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.”
“For the word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness.”
“He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.”
“Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them. Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever. He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and merciful. He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever. He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the inheritance of the nations. The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy; they are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.”
“Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast.”
“Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my pleas for mercy! In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness! Enter not into judgment with your servant, for no one living is righteous before you.”
“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. [The Lord is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works.] The Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.”
“O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.”
“Thus says the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One, to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nation, the servant of rulers: “Kings shall see and arise; princes, and they shall prostrate themselves; because of the Lord, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”
Is Faithfulness an Attribute of God?
Faithfulness, consistency, and dependency are three attributes of God, and they all circle back to the fact that God is faithful. Here are some of the ways that God is faithful in our everyday lives.
God provides for us even when we don’t realize it. Our needs are always met and even when we’re struggling to get by, God still shows up to meet our needs. When we trust in Him, we receive all that is necessary to keep us going but we often neglect to realize that.
There are periods in everyone’s life where they may wonder how they’ll go on, how they can live this way, or how they’ll make it. When you feel like every aspect of your life has been stretched to the absolute brink, that’s when you need to lean on God the most.
God will be there because He takes care of His children. If you have a relationship with Him, He will be there.
That’s why I always discuss the importance of praising God no matter what. When you’re going through a great time, thank the Lord. When you’re going through a rough time, thank the Lord. Remember no matter what the situation might be, everything that happens is His will and His will is perfect.
Philippians 1:6 says: “…being confident of this, that he that began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
When we feel like we need an extra boost or we’re feeling discouraged, where do we turn? Many of us turn to things like drugs, alcohol, or food. Some of us choose other methods like exercise, yoga, socialization. Many of these methods are okay and even extremely helpful but we need to seek God for true restoration.
This verse reminds us that we can feel confident in anything we need to tackle because God is on our side. He has a plan – a “good work” – for each of us. God will ensure that we have everything we need to live the life he has planned for us as long as we put our trust in Him.
God’s faithfulness shines bright during times of sadness and mourning. I’ve found this so many times in my life. When we lose a loved one, a job, friendship, or anything we love – we become distant from God. We tend to run away from Him or ignore Him because we sometimes blame God for the things that happen to us.
It’s so important to realize that these are human emotions; feelings of the flesh. But, we are much deeper than that. We have the Spirit which will carry us if we allow it.
The power of God is restoring. It can heal our hearts and bring us back to the life we once loved. The comfort of God always brings us back no matter what happens. We all need time to mourn, grieve, and find acceptance during hard times, but it’s God that brings us back.
We’ve all heard the phrase, “God is working through you.” This essentially means that you’re doing some of God’s work down here on Earth. Writing this article, volunteering, acts of kindness, evangelizing, and bringing people to Church are all examples of God’s work.
This is another way that God is faithful. God always creates communities to help and assist one another. God brings people together in times of need. How many times have you faced a tough situation only to have the exact person you needed come to help at the right time?
That’s because God works through the people here on Earth. God is consistent with this because He is faithful. God uses others to communicate His messages to us and in turn, when we show love and kindness toward others we are a reflection of Him.
What Does the Bible Say About a Faithful Man?
Whether you’re a man or a woman, it’s important to be faithful. Whether we are talking about faithfulness in a marriage, friendship, or with a work colleague, faith is a powerful and important part of a strong relationship.
When people have faith in you, they believe in you. They believe that you can accomplish something if you put your mind to it. It’s a great feeling when someone believes and trusts you but that trust can be quickly broken. That’s why a focus on staying faithful is so important.
There are many scripture verses referring to the “faithful man.” Here are some to help guide you:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.
One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.
Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.”
Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth, a lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
1 Corinthians 4:2
Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.
The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.
How Do We Show Faithfulness to God?
There are five simple but very important ways to display faithfulness to God. These are all outlined in the scriptures as well.
Have Unwavering Belief
We need to stand strong and firm in our belief in God. He calls upon us to say His name and to tell others of our belief in Him – this is very important. Even when we’re faced with someone who may question our faith, make fun of us, or even become violent; we must stand strong.
Being a Christian is hard sometimes because you’re held to a higher standard than everyone else. There are many people out there who don’t have faith and because of that, they’re living a life deep in sin. It’s our job to separate ourselves from those people and to try to surround ourselves with people who share our beliefs.
We are called as believers to not conform to the ways of this world. Sometimes that means removing ourselves from temptation and only associating with people who will encourage us and hold us accountable to a higher power.
Choose Right from Wrong
This sounds easier said than done but as I mentioned earlier, we need to ask ourselves what Jesus would do if He faced the same situation. When we’re making decisions with God in mind, we always have that nagging feeling in the back of our head. But, we still don’t always make the right choice.
The powers of this world are actually difficult to go against. While eternal life with God sounds great, we still face ridicule and hardship on earth. These factors make it difficult to make the right choice if we think we’ll get made fun of.
We must always remember that Jesus Christ was persecuted. As Christians, we might also face persecution for our beliefs. But God will always steer us in the right direction if we call out to Him for guidance.
Obey God’s Word
We cannot live by verbal confirmation of faith alone, we need to love God through our actions. This is done by obeying God’s word, trusting in what He says, and doing as He asks.
It’s so crucial that we realize that going to Church once a week is simply not enough to develop a strong foundation. The best way to show our faithfulness to God is by consistently obeying His word in our daily lives.
Loving Our Neighbors
God tells us that we need to treat others with kindness. This includes our neighbors, people at work, family members, strangers on the street, and anyone else we encounter. God watches everything we do and He loves everyone so we need to love everyone as well.
It’s very easy to burst out and become angry with someone when they treat you wrong but being slow to anger and having patience demonstrates faithfulness to God.
What Are the Benefits of Being Faithful to God?
The scriptures tell us the benefits of being faithful to God. He will return the favor because God is faithful too.
- God protects those who are faithful
- God promises the Kingdom of Heaven to those who are faithful
- God blesses the faithful
- God strengthens the faithful
- God guides the faithful
God’s faithfulness is very apparent to us but it’s just as important for us to also demonstrate faithfulness in our daily walk with Him and in the way we treat others. If God can love and treat us with such kindness, we need to strive to do the same.