What can one creature of God do to another creature of God? Certainly a lot of good – or a lot of damage, but this is exactly where it ends: damage control is our mortality. God weighs in with promises no mortal can offer. The promise of eternal life opens the door to heaven. While heaven is great, the promise of God’s faithfulness is even greater. Without His faithfulness our chances to arrive in heaven would be slim to none.
Reading up on God’s history with mankind, we can appreciate the fact that He is not One to give up on us. God never leaves us nor forsakes us. Thanks to His faithfulness, the people of Israel reached the Promised Land after wandering in the desert for decades. It took many detours to arrive at their destination, but ultimately, they arrived – not because of their abilities but because of God’s many interventions, His willingness to forgive and start over, and His never-ending mercies. The apostle Paul wrote this encouraging note to his friend Timothy (2 Timothy 2:13):
“If we are faithless,
he [God] remains faithful,
for he cannot disown himself.”
We are prone to mess up – we could say that this is one of our defining features. One of God’s defining features is His faithfulness. He is powerful, passionate, creative, and He knows what He is doing; it is our end of the bargain not to lose faith in Him. We may not fully understand His ways, but we know that our current journey of faith will be much more rewarding if we continuously put our trust in Him.
Thomas Obediah Chisholm (1866-1960) who wrote the lyrics of the beloved hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness”, explained towards the end of his life:
“My income has not been large at any time due to impaired health in the earlier years which has followed me on until now. Although I must not fail to record here the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God and that He has given me many wonderful displays of His providing care, for which I am filled with astonishing gratefulness.”
Walking with God, we will reach our destination; we have His promise, and He is known for keeping it.