Lately I’ve been hearing again in different spiritual circles a reminder that God made many promises, but a perfect, pain-free life was not one of them. No, God made us many promises throughout the Bible, and continues to do so each day, but that was not one of them. The promise we’ve been talking about this month is God’s promise of faithfulness. In fact, God’s been abundantly gracious about being faithful to us, more faithful than we often deserve, especially with our tendency to get distracted and forget our promises.
Faithfulness is a challenge for most of us in this world today. It’s a challenge for us to follow through on our promises when no one else seems to, and yet we get frustrated when people don’t take us at our word. With so many people not following through or not being completely honest, everyone seems to second guess what anyone else says.
If you were to ask God if He ever gets frustrated with us and our lack of faithfulness and His continued faithfulness through it all He would probably say that it hurts Him more than anything. If we were to really take a look at our feelings of frustration on the topic of faithfulness I think we would discover that deep down it’s not just that we’re frustrated but that we’re hurt that we were let down again.
If we look back over our lives, however long we’ve been blessed to live thus far, I think we’ll see that time and again God has shown up when no one else has, despite all circumstances, but not always in the ways we expected. Sometimes faithfulness is showing up with the cake and presents as expected. Other times it’s just about showing up. As we finish out this month I would encourage you to consider what you’re being faithful to in your life. Are you faithful to yourself, your partner, your boss, your kids, God?
“As I look back over fifty years of ministry, I recall innumerable tests, trials and times of crushing pain. But through it all, the Lord has proven faithful, loving, and totally true to all his promises.” David Wilkerson