One of the great disappointments in life is when you truly believe you can trust someone only to find out that they are in fact untrustworthy. The “faithful” friend you thought you had ended up not really being all that faithful.
Perhaps you’ve experienced this disappointment with a business partner. Or someone you were dating. Or worse, your spouse. The one person you thought you could trust in the end proved unfaithful. And it hurts. It makes you never want to trust anyone because you never want to feel that pain again. You don’t want to get burned.
Gratefully, with God you have someone who is perfectly faithful. He can never be unfaithful to you. Why? Because to be unfaithful to you would mean He would be disowning Himself, as we are reminded above. And how would God be disowning Himself if He wasn’t faithful to you?
In 1 Corinthians 12:27, Paul tells us the simple truth: "Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” And in 1 Corinthians 6:15 we are told, “Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ Himself?”
If you are a follower of Christ, you are part of the body of Christ. And if Christ was to be unfaithful to you, He would be unfaithful to Himself. Which means He would disown Himself, which He can’t do.
Just think about it. God won’t ever turn His back on you, because He can’t. Otherwise He would be denying Himself.
This is why I believe the psalmist says in Psalm 33:4, “For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.” He isn’t faithful when He feels like it. Or based on how you behave. Or because of any other criteria. He is faithful because of His perfect character that is right and true. That’s why He is faithful in ALL He does. Not just some of what He does.
There is great comfort in that, especially when you go through difficult times. God’s faithfulness doesn’t mean you will be shielded from tough times or heart breaks. You live in a broken world that is under the curse. There are forces at work that will do all they can to destroy your faith. I Peter 5:8-9 reminds us that Satan is actively at work to do just that, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”
Notice that the way to defeat Satan and to overcome the darkness arrayed against you is to stand firm in your faith. Trusting God’s perfect faithfulness will thwart the will of Satan and render him impotent in your life.
So whatever you may be struggling with today, be assured of this truth: God will never turn His back on you, so you can trust Him with your life because He will always be perfectly faithful to you.
RESPOND: Give God whatever hardship you are facing and tell Him you trust His faithfulness to you, even in the midst of the hurt and struggle you feel right now. As you stand firm in your faith God will prove His faithfulness to you because He cannot deny Himself!