On my way to swim today, I saw a sign on a church’s marquee. It read, “Our God is Always Faithful – Are We?” Everything in my body erupted with a resounding, “Nooo! That’s the point.” Now, I have no idea what message this pastor will deliver in connection to this marquee. It might be spot on. But probably for most of the passersby it would resonate with this message: “Buck up, buddy, do your part!” This is deflating and defeating. We can’t, and that is the entire point of this life!
God is Always Faithful
I would love to tell you that I, in myself, am a shining beacon of faithfulness. After all, look at all that God has done for me. Shouldn’t I be able to at least devote myself totally by towing the line and keeping my end of the deal? Yes, in a land of unicorns and rainbows, I am a stellar example of how a Christian must behave. But I don’t live in that Lucky Charms place. I live in a fallen world exacerbated by trying. I live on a planet where we are utterly dependent, rather than dependable. This is the land where we epically fail apart from God. Surprise!
But this is the best news ever. This is the most exciting reality. We are completely reliant on Another to enact His own requirements of our lives. We have been let off the hook to perform, while being completely responsible to choose His performance. What’s the answer when the marquee asks, “Our God is Always Faithful – Are We?” Emphatically, no! And why? God IS faithful and we AREN’T, but He IS our faithfulness! This is the exact point of our entire lives. And those who get it, rejoice.
Thank God, God is ALWAYS Faithful
Jesus Christ made this marquee possible. Not through effort and trying but by His life and performance. This marquee could read, “God IS always faithful. Thank God He lives His faithfulness out through us!” This is the best news ever. Our fear of failure and rejection is solved by His very own life. Not as an appeasing addendum but as an utter replacement. His life as my life is a reality. We died in His crucifixion and He, not me, was resurrected. This was the intended exchange.
Our God is always faithful — are we? Yes, we are more than conquerors IN Christ. He is my life, my faithfulness, and my ever-faithful God!
If we are faithless, He remains faithful — for He cannot deny Himself.
2 Timothy 2:13 ESV