Who can find a faithful person?
Is there anyone I can trust to be faithful? Consistently we operate with a deep desire to be able to trust one another. Unfortunately Proverbs 20:6 continues to be true in our day and time.
Many claim to have unfailing love,Proverbs 20:6 NIV
but a faithful person who can find?
Remarkably, Scripture does not advise us to trust any human. Instead we are to trust the only faithful One.
Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed;Psalm 20:6–7 ESV
he will answer him from his holy heaven
with the saving might of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
Whom should I trust?
Isaiah issues a warning to those who look for salvation and dependability from sources other than God.
What sorrow awaits those who look to Egypt for help,Isaiah 31:1–3 NLT
trusting their horses, chariots, and charioteers
and depending on the strength of human armies
instead of looking to the Lord,
the Holy One of Israel.
In his wisdom, the Lord will send great disaster;
he will not change his mind.
He will rise against the wicked
and against their helpers.
For these Egyptians are mere humans, not God!
Their horses are puny flesh, not mighty spirits!
When the Lord raises his fist against them,
those who help will stumble,
and those being helped will fall.
They will all fall down and die together.
“So are you saying that I shouldn’t trust anyone?” We are saying that people are only trustworthy when they allow God’s Spirit to live in and through them. Left to our own devices we offer only sinful solutions that are unworthy of inspiring faith.
When we speak of the faithfulness of God, we are referring to His character that is “pertaining to being worthy of belief or trust, trustworthy, faithful, dependable, inspiring trust/faith.” 1 All the attributes of God evidence that He is worthy of belief and trust, trustworthy, faithful, dependable, and inspires trust and faith. While God stands immutable, unchanging, and unchangeable, no human can boast of faithfulness existing from personal and moral perfection. Yet as people touched by the redemptive grace of Jesus, fidelity emerges through sanctification as we become more and more like His unchanging nature.
I am secure in God’s faithfulness
Previously we discussed the concept that election, being chosen by God, results in a covenant relationship with Christ. This change of identity transforms everything in my life and in the hereafter. I have been removed from the kingdom of darkness and have been transplanted into the kingdom of His dear Son.
For the Lord is good;Psalm 100:5 ESV
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
The sanctification process continues because of God’s faithfulness. His commitment to me is guided by His investment to bring me into the likeness of Christ. I can count on the fact that God will be faithful to accomplish His purpose in my life. My security is not based on achieving what I want, but in God providing me with what I need to bring about Christ’s likeness.
God can be trusted to be faithful
“For I, the Lord, do not change . . .”Malachi 3:6 NASB
His purpose and intentions are not given to issues of unreliability which plague human commitments.
But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.2 Thessalonians 3:3 ESV
God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.1 Corinthians 1:9 ESV
Faithful describes “God as the One in whom we can have full confidence.” 2
Because I may have full confidence in God keeping His covenant promises, I am secure now and forever.
“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”John 10:28 ESV
There is no need for me to wrestle with insecurity if I have entrusted my life into His care.
But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,Psalm 86:15 ESV
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them. For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will. And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day. For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.John 6:37–40 NLT
- These are times I have noticed God’s faithfulness to me:
1William Arndt, Frederick W. Danker, and Walter Bauer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000), 820.
2William Arndt, Frederick W. Danker, and Walter Bauer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000), 821.
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