The faithfulness of God continues to amaze me. When I was younger in my faith I would associate His faithfulness with favor, success, progress in my life. When situations and circumstances would happen the way I hoped I could “sense,” God’s faithfulness. As I continue to grow, I see His faithfulness is so much deeper than I could have imagined. His faithfulness to me is as unique as I am, and yet He relates perfectly in His faithfulness to you. The God of the Universe the GREAT I AM (Exodus 3:13-14), has each given us His faithfulness. Each person has a story of God’s faithfulness whether they realize it or not.
The same God who was in the cool of the day with Adam and Eve is the same God that led the Israelites through the wilderness. The Israelites finally escaped the persecution of Pharaoh. They can finally breathe a little. They look forward to a brighter future. “By day the LORD went ahead in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so they could travel by day or night,” Exodus 13:21 NIV. The Lord showed them many signs, wonders and corrections. The faithfulness of God is not without persecution, trials or troubles. Yet, scripture says, “He will never leave us nor forsake us,” Hebrews 13:5.
The Israelites faced great opposition during their lives, and I can say that has been true for me. I have faced trials, persecution, opposition, hostility, doubt and uncertainty. Times that I had to cling to the truth of God’s Word, His promises, His nature even when nothing seemed to be working out. I have faced long seasons of sadness while trying to keep my hope in the Lord. During those times when our faith is tested, we can see the faithfulness of God. In the Bible we see stories of people who endured trials and could trust God’s faithfulness which is His character. We will go through seasons of great highs and lows, we will endure hardships and persecutions.
My Dad passed away in 2016. I saw the steady decline of his livelihood and health for over 11 years. When it was happening it was incredibly sad. But over that time I saw God’s faithfulness working through conversations with my dad in nursing homes, his brother and his wife taking on the caregiving role to help support his care and countless caregivers making connections with him as they took care of his failing body. I received a call in September of 2016 from my sister. The day was full of the presence of God and His peace. I was having a great time at a golf course, but I sensed it was more than the circumstances that gave me this type of peace. My sister informed me that my dad was not doing well. We had these types of calls before, something told me this was different. I was able to go see him with my youngest brother (who had not seen him in a long time). My dad was unable to speak, walk or move his body, but he was there. We were able to communicate in ways with hand/arm movements and he knew who we were. It was a holy time. In the midst of his great suffering, and our pain the Lord showed His faithfulness for us all. My dad passed away later that week. I was so grateful that I was able to go see him with my brother. We received closure, met with some care providers (who loved my dad so well), sensed and felt the Lord’s presence. His presence and His peace like that day on the golf course.
I have other stories that have pain and suffering sown in, the stronghold of God’s love and faithfulness is so evident and tangible during those times. He is a loving Father who knows all of our lives. Psalm 139:16 ESV says, “Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” His faithfulness started before I was born, before the world began (Psalm 90:1-2). He knew all of me and all that I would deal with in life. God is the best hope we have to experience, endure and persevere through the highs and lows of life. Jesus promised in John 16:33 ESV, “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.”
We have God who loves us, Jesus who overcame everything for us, and the Holy Spirit that empowers us to live this life. We have all we need and more than enough. Our God has given us His best and most faithful gift, Jesus.
Spend some time reading about the faithfulness of God and reflect on those moments in your life. Write out a note of gratitude to Him, and share your testimony with someone.
If you do not know of a moment of God’s faithfulness in your life, come to Him in prayer and ask Him to reveal His past faithfulness to you.
Exodus 34:5-7, Psalm 25:10, Hebrews 13:5, Psalm 36:5, Psalm 57:10-11, Psalm 100:5, Revelations 12:11