Real Life: Faithfulness
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore, I will wait for him.” Lamentations 3:22-24
Faithfulness means trustworthy. A person who is faithful can be trusted to do what they say they will do, when they say they will do it. The key word here is trust. It is dependent on a person’s character. I know God is trustworthy as I get to know Him more intimately through His Word. A faithful person can be counted on; they rarely fail to live up to their promises. We do make mistakes because of our human weakness, but the Holy Spirit within us has the power to overcome everything that hinders us from glorifying God. We need to be people that can be counted on to keep our word and do the job we have been assigned.
When I was growing up, my father drank a lot. I learned that he couldn’t be trusted to keep his word. He broke promises more times than I can count. When I came to faith in Christ, I found a Father Who could be trusted, but I was so wounded that I didn’t trust Him. I didn’t believe He would come through for me and my family. If I said I was going to do something, that promise was sacred. My wounds were healed over time and I learned to love my earthly father unconditionally and forgive him for all the hurt his drinking caused. I also learned to lean hard on my heavenly Father, who could always be trusted, and He has come through for us time and time again.
What about me? Am I a trustworthy person? Can people count on me? They can, if I walk in the Spirit. There are times when I may feel like backing down, not fulfilling what I have promised or the work I’ve been given to do. I may be discouraged, tired, or just plain lazy. It is those times that I must cast aside feeling and do it anyway. How? The Holy Spirit. God has given us supernatural power to overcome our sin and to live His real life.
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20