I need to be reminded in this season that God is truly faithful. We say God is faithful, but what do we really mean? Sometimes, I say, “Lord, you’re faithful” when I’m facing something beyond me and I’m reminding myself to trust who He is, rather than what a situation depicts. Or I could say the same thing, rejoicing in something answered or when I witness a miracle, big or small. And sometimes I say it, not really realizing what all that word entails : Faithfulness. To know the faithfulness of God in hi-definition, it would mean that we would ponder all His attributes (something that is true about God) individually and in unity to who He is at all times. His attributes make up how we can ascribe to God, “Lord, you are faithful!” This is what i’m gleaning from A.W. Tozer’s book, Knowledge of the Holy and I’d like to share some of his thoughts that you too might be encouraged:
In studying any attribute, the essentiall oneness of all the attributes soon becomes apparent. We see, for instance, that if God is self-existent He must be also self-sufficient; and if He has power He, being infinite, must have all power. If He possesses knowledge, His infinitude assures us that He possesses all knowledge. Similarly, His immutability presupposes His faithfulness. If He is unchanging, it follows that He could not be unfaithful, since that would require Him to change.
Here are some of the attributes that Tozer speaks about in His book, but he also mentions that God is not limited to just these:
~self existent, self sufficient, eternal, infinitude, unchanging, divine omniscience, wisdom, all powerful (omnipotent), transcendent (exalted far above anything created) and immanent (dwelling within the universe and among His created), just, merciful, gracious, loving, holy, sovereign…..and mysterious.
Listen to this because this is so eye opening!:
To think of God as inclining first toward one and then toward another of His attributes is to imagine a God who is unsure of Himself, frustrated and emotionally unstable, which of course is to say that the one of whom we are thinking is not the true God at all but a weak, mental reflection of Him badly out of focus.
Wow…anybody else fashion a weak god in their minds? You know Tozer calls that an idol – if we are believing a god to be less than who He truly is, we’re really worshiping a false god, or an idol. Yeah, it convicts me every time! But I need that checked in my thoughts.
The inspired authors who penned the holy writ weren’t just wasting their breath when they spoke about God’s faithfulness. It’s to lead us to something they found to be true and trustworthy in all of life:
The inspired writers were men of like passion with us, dwelling in the midst of life. What they learned about God became to them a sword, a shield, a hammer; it became their life motivation, their good hope and their confident expectation. From the objective facts of theology their hearts made how many thousand joyous deduction and personal applications!!
He is faithful to who He is and what He said He would do: Upon God’s faithfulness rests our whole hope of future blessedness. Only as He is faithful will His covenants stand and His promises be honored. Remember, His covenants and promises rest on who He is – all those attributes listed above. He who begun the good work is faithful to complete it (Phil. 1:6), so that means He’s faithful to continue it day by day.
May we fall more in love with our faithful Father and acclaim with inspired writers,
“I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself…The heavens praise your wonders, O LORD, your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones.” (Ps. 89) This Psalm even says that the Lord is surrounded by His faithfulness and that His love and faithfulness go before Him – pretty incredible!
The tempted, the anxious, the fearful, the discouraged may all find new hope and good cheer in the knowledge that our Heavenly Father is faithful. He will ever be true to His pledged Word, The hard-pressed sons of the covenant may be sure that He will never remove His loving-kindness from them nor suffer His faithfulness to fail.
Lord, You are faithful.