I. Corinthians 1:9
To be faithful is to be true to what one has promised or engaged to do.
Solomon of old stated, “Better it is that thou shouldest not vow, than thou vow and not pay.” (Ecc. 5:5 With out a doubt God has revealed himself to us in various ways, declaring his plan and hence, he is true to all he has spoke. Yes, God is the unchanging one, ever consistent with his word.
We are able to see God’s faithfulness in nature. What we call the laws of nature are not mere blind forces, beyond which we cannot see, they are simply the hand of the Almighty’s workings, which is the influence of his will upon creation “ While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” (Gen.8:22)
On what does the fixity of these laws rest? The faithfulness of God. The operation of the heavenly bodies, the succession of the seasons, the production of like effects by like causes. These have been uniform since the present course of our world.
Upon this uniformity all human activity depend. The fisherman launches his boot, believing that the water will bear it up. May I say, to the earthly man these are ultimate facts, of which he has know explanation to offer, yet all these things to a Christian is the evidences of the truth that God is faithful to his Word. ”And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” (Gen.1:3)
The faithfulness of God is seen in the moral government of the world. On what principle does that government rest? Are the ten laws of Sinai still in force as the statue book for the world? Yes.
Is that old announcement as true to-day as when it was uttered by the prophet? “Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him, woe unto the wicked, it shall be ill with him.” (Isa.3:10,11) Good and evil is a fact of life in this world. Bad people frequently get the best of life, while good people often suffer many woe’s in this life. Remember our God is faithful. Amid all apparent strangeness we can rest assuredly that God is on the side of righteousness, and that all his laws are working for that end.
We must not forget that he does not promise a balance between good and evil in this life. Things are meanwhile in process, and the full result can only be judged in the hereafter. When the mists have rolled away from this world’s ongoings and everything is seen in its true naked reality, the faithfulness of God will stand out in clear relief.
We may see the faithfulness of God revealed in the realm of grace. God is faithful in regard to his promises. “Precious and exceeding great” (I. Peter1:4) “He is faithful that promised” (Hen.10:23) Not one of God’s promises shall fail.
The great promise contained in (Gen.3:15) “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” took long centuries to reach its development, but the fulness of time came at last, and the seed of the woman blossomed into the Christ.
What Joshua said to Israel may be said to us when we have entered in the promised inheritance “Ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one things hath failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spake concerning you.” (Josh. 23:14)
God is faithful in regard to the pardon of sin “If we confess our sin, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sin, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I.Jh. 1:9) A true and full confession will always bring forgiveness, because God has pledged himself to this.
We must not keep nothing back from the Lord. Pardon belongs to the penitent person.
God is faith in regard to temptation “God is faith, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able,” (I. Cor.10:13) Temptation will surely come to us as it came to our Saviour. In that hour our security does not lie in our watchfulness or strength, but in the faithfulness of God “My grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” (II. Cor.13:9)
Having called us, he will complete the work thus begun in us. The faithfulness of God is the pledge that we shall at last be holy as he is holy.
In closing may I say, As a ground of comfort to each of us God’s faithfulness will care us through every valley of death-shade and bring us home at last.
To the ungodly, as a ground of warning. God is faithful to his threatening as well as his promise. “Woe unto the wicked, it shall be ill with him” (Isa.3:11)