”Therefore know [without any doubt] and understand that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who is keeping His covenant and His [steadfast] lovingkindness to a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments…” (Deut. 7:9, AMP)
I don’t know about you, but I like to control things—or at least have the illusion of being in control by analyzing, planning, making checklists, and to be honest, worrying. I know God says be anxious for nothing, so on faith-filled days I briskly cast my line of cares to Him, watching them sail away up to the heavens. Other days I gripe, “That’s easy for Him to say—He doesn’t need to be anxious for anything because He has all the answers!” And one by one I reel those cares right back in where I can keep a firm grip on them. Don’t get me wrong, I always have plenty of faith the Lord will fulfill His promises to friends or relatives. But I tend to get wobbly knees when standing on my own word from God when I’m the one who’s sick or jobless or under attack. Fortunately, there’s a fool-proof solution to anxiety, and God’s told me what it is.
The answer is to know that I AM is the faithful God. His word is binding because when God swears to something, He does it on His own name. There isn’t anyone greater for Him to swear by (Heb 6:13). Who better to relinquish control to than the One able to swear on Himself? He’s not fickle, doesn’t give empty promises, and won’t string us along. He doesn’t change like shifting shadows (James 1:17), nor does He lie (Titus 1:2). He’s shown His faithfulness to us throughout the scriptures.
Genesis 15:13-14 recounts that the Lord told Abraham his descendants would be enslaved 400 years before He would lead them out of captivity with great possessions. He promised freedom and abundant blessings. Flash-forward to Moses addressing the Lord’s people in Deuteronomy 7:8 where he reminds them the Lord’s redemption came about “because the Lord loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers…” Moses recognized God’s faithfulness to Abraham. And every covenant the Lord made to Abraham, He continues to keep to this day because that is the very essence of who I AM is.
Thankfully, we don’t all need to be put into a deep sleep amidst cut up animal parts (yuck!) and smoking firepots to receive a word from the Lord. Every promise the Lord made to His saints in the Word is just as binding for us today as the day He made them. So for me to fret about paying a bill when God says the righteous won’t lack, or for me to dread the future when He’s promised He’ll never leave me or forsake me, is really an insult to the character of God. He is trustworthiness personified.
The picture of faithfulness He portrays for us in scripture is one of might and awesome majesty. When He speaks of His faithfulness in swearing to His own word in Amos 6:8, the Lord is called Adonai Elohei-Tzva’ot, the Lord God of Hosts, Lord God of Angel Armies, or God Almighty. He has divine power to back up every utterance from His mouth. Similar imagery is used in Psalm 89:7-8 (ISV):
God is feared in the council of the holy ones,
revered by all those around him.
Lord God of the Heavenly Armies,
who is as mighty as you, Lord?
Your faithfulness surrounds you.
No one is greater than our God. And no one’s word should be esteemed more highly than His. I want to encourage you, even as I encourage myself, God is the Faithful God. We can trust that His word is true; truer than medical reports, truer than bank statements, truer than any promises made by man. When we’re tempted by fears and doubts, all we need to do is thank God that He is faithful and trust Him at His word. Is the answer to worrying that simple? Yes…when we know who I AM is.
Lord, thank you for your grace given to us in Messiah Yeshua. Thank you for enriching us in every way including giving us deep knowledge and the power to speak of your goodness. Thank you that we do not lack any spiritual gift as we wait for You to be revealed because your testimony is established in our hearts. You will keep us strong to the end, so that we will be blameless on the day of our Lord because You who called us into fellowship with Your Son Yeshua the Messiah, are faithful. Amen. (Adapted from 1 Cor. 1:4-9)