Sunday, March 24, 2019

God Is "Faithful"

When we talk about the faithfulness of God, we are talking about his steadfastness, firmness, his ability to do as promised. Amen. His faithfulness is seen throughout scripture and I believe everyone listening does have a personal testimony or two of His faithfulness.
Faithfulness is an attribute that is required and needed in kingdom relationships. The beauty of this truth is that our God “is” faithful and His character is that of faithfulness. So when you come to Him in the context of relationship, you can expect this aspect of His nature and character.

Throughout scriptures, we see the expression of His faithfulness in the lives of people. Abraham, for example, is one who received many promises from God and yet, no promise received from God by Abraham went unfulfilled. Let’s take a look at a few promises and how they have been fulfilled.
i)                In Genesis 12:2a God promises Abram saying “ I will make you a great nation; I will bless you. In verse 7a, the Lord appears to Abram and says “To your descendants, I will give this land”. Amen. These were a few promises from God to Abram as concerns his descendants. These descendants the Lord was referring to were not just close relatives of Abram but biological children. Prior to these promise, the bible tells us in Genesis 11:30 that Sarai was barren; she had no children. The question is “When and how will these promises come to manifestation? It wasn’t until 25years later that Abraham had Isaac (the son of the promise).
This is just an example to show God’s faithfulness in a relationship setting. In this case, His relationship with Abraham.
ii)              God’s faithfulness is also seen in His relationship with Moses. After Moses received instructions from God on how to go and deliver the Israelites out of Egypt. He ran with the instruction and implemented as instructed. It was a very challenging journey for Moses because he encountered a series of road blocks with Pharaoh. However, in the end, Moses prevailed. The Israelites were delivered as promised.

These are just a few examples illustrating the faithfulness of God. I will say this, the relational attribute of the faithfulness of the Father can be best appreciated in the context of relationship. Without a personal relationship with Him, there is a possibility that it will not be appreciated. I say so because as we identify the different relational attributes of the Father, we become both beneficiaries and benefactors at the same time.
Beneficiaries in that we receive from Him the benefits of faithfulness and at the same time, we learn what it means to be faithful. As benefactors, we can now bring the same quality to other relationships and be a blessing to them as well. Amen.

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