Monday Meditation: The Faithfulness of God

Last week when I was looking up some references on the faithfulness of God I found these helpful paragraphs on this topic by Martyn Lloyd-Jones. It’s a good Monday meditation!

…Now that brings me to the fourth moral attribute of God, and that is God’s faithfulness. This, in a sense, is included in His righteousness and justice, and also in the idea of the immutability of God. Yet I feel, with many others, constrained to put it as a separate heading because of the emphasis which is so frequently placed upon it in the Scriptures. What does it mean? Well, I have never met with a better definition of the faithfulness of God than this: when you say that God is faithful you mean that He is one upon whom you can safely lean. It means one on whom you can absolutely rely; one upon whom you can depend; one upon whom you can stay yourself, without ever being in any doubt that He will suddenly let go and let you go.

The Bible has some glorious statements about this. It tells us that the faithfulness of God reaches unto the clouds (Ps. 36:5). It tells us endlessly that God always keeps His promises, and never breaks His covenants. It tells us that God will always fulfil every word that has ever gone out of His mouth (Isa. 55:11). It tells us that God will always faithfully and certainly defend and deliver His servants at all times of trial, testing and conflict. It tells us that God can be relied upon to confirm and to establish all whom He has called, guarding them from the evil one, and keeping them and guiding them until His purposes are fulfilled in them.

Listen to one great statement of all that: ‘God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord’ (1 Cor. 1:9). Whatever else may happen, whatever may be going wrong, Paul tells those people to be sure of this—God is faithful. Or, again, he says, ‘And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ’ (1 Thess. 5:23). Then notice, ‘Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it’ (1 Thess. 5:24). It is absolutely certain: nothing can frustrate Him; nothing can make Him forego what He has promised; nothing can cause Him to change what He has purposed with respect to you. If you are a child of God, your ultimate destiny is absolutely sure.

Then there is another statement of this and what a comfort it is! We have sinned against Him; we cannot forgive ourselves and we do not know what to do. But this is our hope: ‘If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins …’ (1 John 1:9). He has said He will do it, and because He has said it, He will do it. He is faithful. You need not worry, therefore; cast yourself on the faithfulness of God, and tell the devil that you have been forgiven, that you have confessed your sins, and that the faithfulness of God guarantees your forgiveness.

The above quote is found in Lloyd-Jones’ Great Doctrines of the Bible, Volume 1, p. 77.

Shane Lems
Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC)
Hammond, WI, 54002

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