The Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness

“But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.”

2 Thessalonians 3:3

The faithfulness of God is one of the most comforting and beautiful aspects of the Trinity. He is always faithful, without fail. 

When we think about something being “without fail,” it can be hard to wrap our heads around the fact that it truly is without fail. 

God will not fail us. 

He is faithful no matter what, in all circumstances, at every hour, whenever and wherever we need Him. God will always be there. 

Take a look at Joseph in Genesis 37-41 (I highly recommend reading this, it’s a thrilling story). 

After being sold into slavery by his brothers, Joseph is falsely accused of a crime and thrown into prison. 

Here, he interprets two other prisoner’s dreams (through God’s revelation), his only request being that they remember him when they are released. 

For two years, the one prisoner who lived forgot about him. Two whole years, Joseph wrongfully sat in prison, waiting for the Lord to make the next move. 

After this, things started to look up for Joseph. Pharaoh needed help interpreting his dreams, and the former prisoner remembered Joseph. 

He correctly interprets the dreams and saves the people from dying of famine. He meets his brothers again, forgives them, helps them survive the famine, and even gets to see his elderly father before his death. 

Through all of the hardship and emotional turmoil Joseph went through, he remained faithful to God. He trusted God’s providence and didn’t turn away from Him, even when things kept going wrong. 

How could Joseph, or anyone really, remain faithful after being sold by his family, wrongfully charged and imprisoned, and forgotten for years?

Do we struggle to remain faithful after suffering devastating loss, after feeling abandoned by God, or when dealing with mental, physical, and emotional illnesses? 

Many Christians struggle to understand why we should remain faithful, or how to remain faithful when it seems like everything around us is falling apart. 

Why should we remain faithful to a God who allows such hardship to fall on us, especially when we feel we’ve done nothing to deserve it? 

The answer is simple. God is always faithful.

God is Always Faithful

“If we are faithless, He remains faithful—for He cannot deny Himself.”

2 Timothy 2:13

This is one of my favorite characteristics of God (if you can have a favorite). There is no one in the world you can rely on like you can rely on God, because no one on earth is perfect and faultless, like He is. 

One of the best reminders of this is in Psalms 136

Twenty-six times, it repeats “for His steadfast love endures forever.” (I’ll put the whole chapter at the end of this post so you can read it.)

***Note: The terms “steadfast love” and “faithfulness” are used interchangeably through much of scripture. I may as well through the rest of this post.

If His love is steadfast, meaning it holds fast through every trial and every single sin we commit against Him, then of course we can believe He is faithful. 

He will never leave, never go back on His word, and never turn away from us. 

God Doesn’t Change

Scripture reminds us of the character of God over and over again, in both the Old Testament and the New Testament.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

James 1:17

“For I the lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.”

Malachai 3:6

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

Hebrews 13:8

There is no variation, no shadow, God does not change. He is constant. 

In other words, we can rely on Him and trust Him. There is no reason to doubt He’ll carry out the promises He’s made to us. 

Just like Joseph, it may not be on our preferred timeline, but He will pull through. 

The Good and Faithful Servant

If you aren’t familiar with the Gospel according to Matthew, it is full of the parables taught by Jesus to the disciples. One such parable is The Parable of the Talents, found in Matthew 25:14-30.

In this parable, a manager has given three of his servants a certain amount of money to be in charge of while he is out of town. To one, he gives 10 talents (1 talent = ~20 years of wages), to another he gives 5 talents, and finally to the last, he gives only 1 talent. 

The first two servants went and took the money and invested it, and they each doubled what they had been given in the time the manager was away. 

The third servant, however, knew his manager was a hard man and that he’d be upset if what he’d given his servant had been lost. So he buried the single talent he’d been given, and he let it just sit there till the manager returned. 

When the manager came back, the first two servants were proud to present the earnings they’d received on their talents, giving back what they’d been given with interest. He responded with thankfulness, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.”

The third servant came up to his manager and presented the single talent, proud that he hadn’t lost it. “Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.”

Now, the manager received back exactly what he’d been given, with no loss. By first-impression logic, that isn’t a problem, right? Let’s see how the manager reacts.

“You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest.”

This is an interesting response when you really sit and think about it.

I want you to consider what God’s given you. 

What talents, gifts, and skills have you been given by God that you aren’t using? 

This is how we’re faithful to God. He has given us so much. Every single one of us has spiritual gifts, whether it’s patience, speaking, creating, teaching, whatever it is, God has given this to you. 

Cultivate it. Use that skill and make it better, make it bigger, make it more effective. Practice diligence with the talents God has given you and return to Him those talents with interest. 

Bring God glory through everything you do, as 1 Corinthians says “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 

R.C. Sproul comments on this verse saying “the Christian’s every decision is to be governed and determined by what will promote the manifested excellence of God through the… strengthening of the church of God.”

Everything we do, everything we say, every decision we make, we are supposed to consider God. Philippians 4:6 tells us to pray about everything. Not some things, not every other thing, not just the hard things, everything. 

“…those who act faithful are his delight.”

Proverbs 12:22b

A Prayer for all us Mountain Goats

I sincerely pray that you all would be convicted of God’s faithfulness, reminded of His unchangeable character, and comforted by His promises. I pray that you would find the strength to remain faithful in little, no matter what it is. I pray that we as the people of God would be diligent with the talents that He’s given us, so that we can return to Him with even more than we had. 

Lydia Cannon

Christian, Writer, Coffee Addict

Psalms 136

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good,
For His steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods, 
For His steadfast love endures forever
Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
For His steadfast love endures forever;

To Him who alone does great wonders, 
For His steadfast love endures forever;
To Him who by understanding made the heavens,
For His steadfast love endures forever;
To Him who spread out the earth above the waters,
For His steadfast love endures forever;
To Him who made the great lights, 
For His steadfast love endures forever;
The sun to rule over the day,
For His steadfast love endures forever;
The moon and stars to rule over the night,
For His steadfast love endures forever;

To Him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt
For His steadfast love endures forever;
And brought Israel out from among them,
For His steadfast love endures forever;
To Him who divided the Red Sea in two,
For His steadfast love endures forever;
And made Israel pass through the midst of it,
For His steadfast love endures forever;
But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea,
For His steadfast love endures forever;
To Him who led His people through the wilderness,
For His steadfast love endures forever;

To Him who struck down great kings,
For His steadfast love endures forever;
And killed mighty kings,
For His steadfast love endures forever;
Sihon, king of the Amorites,
For his steadfast love endures forever;
And Og, king of Bashan,
For His steadfast love endures forever;
And gave their land as a heritage,
For His steadfast love endures forever;
A heritage to Israel His servant,
For His steadfast love endures forever;

It is He who remembered us in our low estate,
For His steadfast love endures forever;
And rescued us from our foes,
For His steadfast love endures forever;
He who gives food to all flesh,
For His steadfast love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of heaven,
For His steadfast love endures forever.”

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