Faithful + True

David hit the proverbial nail on the head when he penned these words:

Here is an amazing thing about God: even when we are utterly faithfulness and lacking in integrity, He still remains faithful and true to us.

Some may read this verse and think that God only promises to be faithful and true to those who are faithful and true. However, God is so unfathomly good that He shows Himself faithful to those of us who turn away from Him when life gets hard, and lack integrity when it’s easier to compromise our convictions. Perhaps you are wondering to yourself, “How can this be?”

The answer is straightforward, but not always easy to understand or accept. God will always show Himself to be faithful and true to us when we (re)turn to Him, confess our sin, and repent. The Bible talks about this in 2 Chronicles 7:14-15 (NLT):

“Then if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to every prayer made in this place.”

Note that God not only promises to forgive our sin, but also vows to keep His eyes open and ears attentive to all that we do and say when we turn to Him. 

Faithful and true, indeed.

Here’s my prayer for today: Dear God, thank You for your steadfast faithfulness and integrity toward me. In fact, Your character is such that You behave in this way to anyone who genuinely turns to You in faith.

I think this is a remarkable promise. There is no other person who will ever be as faithful and steadfast as You; however, when times get hard, I frequently seek reassurance and comfort outside of You. Forgive me for this lack of trust and faith. 

Even though I cannot see You with my natural eye, You are more real to me than any person I can ever know, and more trustworthy and reliable than even the dearest and most loyal of friends. Thank You for loving me in such a profoundly deep and sincere way. In Your name I pray, Amen.

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