Psalm 56:4: “I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?”

Good question: what can one creature of God do to another creature of God? Certainly a lot of good – or a lot of damage, but that’s pretty much where it ends because the key is mortality here. One mortal can do only so much to another mortal. God weighs in with promises no mortal can offer: the promise of eternal life is the big one, which opens the door to:

  • Experience of Heaven, including but not limited to reunion with loved ones gone before us
  • Moving into a place handcrafted by Jesus
  • Seeing the Desire of all Nations with our own eyes
  • Celebrating with the people of God

While eternal life is a wonderful dream come true, the promise of God’s faithfulness is even greater. Without God’s faithfulness there’s no chance we would get there.

Think about it: Where would we be without God’s faithfulness? We wouldn’t even be here. Reading up on God’s history with mankind in the biblical records we can appreciate the fact that God is not One who gives up on us. God never leaves us nor forsakes us. Here is a powerful statement penned down by an anonymous writer in a letter to the Hebrews (Hebrews 13:5):

“For God has said, ‘I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.’”

Because of God’s faithfulness the people of Israel reached the Promised Land after wandering in the desert for a long time. It took several decades and many detours to get the people of Israel to its destination, but the important thing is: 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. Paul wrote this very encouraging note to his friend Timothy (2 Timothy 2:13):

“If we are unfaithful, he [God] remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is.”

Isn’t this amazing? God is faithful despite our flawed disposition. People are known to mess up. That’s what people do. However, God is known and famous for His relentless efforts to come through for His people and save them. God is powerful, passionate, creative, and He knows what He is doing; our end of the bargain is to not lose faith. God is always bigger than we think, and we will probably never fully understand His ways and His timing; however, the journey of faith will be much more rewarding if we extend trust to the One who is truly worthy of our trust.

Thomas Chisholm, the author of the hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness” explained toward 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.

“‘Great is Thy faithfulness!’ ‘Great is Thy faithfulness!’
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
‘Great is Thy faithfulness,’ Lord, unto me!” 

Thomas Obediah Chisholm (1866-1960)

Deuteronomy 7:9: “Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.”

My German grandmother lived through two world wars and saw the beginning of the 21st century. During her lifespan the lie detector was invented, Insulin discovered, the world’s first computer was installed, the T-shirt introduced, and DNA was first used to convict criminals. She had five children, saw the Berlin wall fall, purchased her first television set, learnt to use the telephone, but never touched a computer. Just 94 years of a lifespan, and already so much to take in! If we weren’t mortal, just imagine how many historical changes we would live to see at 1000 years old.

On a much larger scale, God has been around forever. Try to envision His experience with generations of human beings, their frailties, their temper tantrums, their violence and their heroism. Add all of this to God’s ongoing experience with His angels, our older siblings. At some point in angel history a revolutionary war broke out when Lucifer and his cohort ganged up against the rest of the world to usurp God’s throne. Imagine His disappointment when a sizable amount of His angels all of a sudden turned against Him.

And yet, all throughout time God has stayed true to Himself and has stuck to His mantra of love and faithfulness. God has never stopped believing in His creation. He has kept His promises for thousands of generations pouring out His mercies and love. Unfortunately for us, we won’t notice, unless we open our hearts and minds to this incredible Holy Being, the Father of all Fathers, the Creator of the Universe, and the Savior of the World – who always comes through for us and never gives up on us.

The book of Psalms talks about the eternal dwelling place we find in the Lord Almighty. In closing, here is an English translation of this beautiful piece of poetry, penned by the prophet Moses:

“Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
    Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”
        (Psalm 90:1-2)