Tuesday, July 1, 2008


QUESTION: If God is faithful, then what’s with all the tragedies that occur?

We know that faith is important. Mark 6:5; Matt. 9:22; Heb. 11:6

But, there is something more important that faith – the faithfulness of God.

Our faith is meaningless if God is not trustworthy. (faithful) If He weren’t, it doesn’t make any difference how much faith we have. Deut. 32:4b; Deut. 7:9b

QUESTION: What is He faithful to?

According to Scripture, God is faithful to:

A. His nature & His character. He will be who He is and He will not violate that.

B. His purpose. He’s out to accomplish something and will not violate that.

C. His Word & it’s promises. He is faithful to His people but not in contradiction to His nature, purpose, or Word. (not as we understand or interpret His Word, but as He intended it.)

God is not faithful to give us what we want, or what we think the Bible says.

There’s a higher purpose. He’s faithful to a purpose over being faithful to a person.

EXAMPLE: the story of Joseph – God was being faithful, but it didn’t look like it. He had a higher purpose. Gen. 50:20. He was faithful to Joseph but not over His purpose and intent.

John 2:23-25 God is faithful to His people but not obligated to us.

God is faithful to hear us when we pray. He may not answer the way we want.

God is faithful to save you. Rom. 10:13

God is faithful to keep you. I Thess. 5:23 & 24

God is faithful to be with you – promises never to leave you. Heb. 13:5

God is faithful to protect you from Satan. He won’t relinquish you. 2 Thess. 3:3 He won’t leave you with more than you can bear.

God is faithful to cleanse you. I John 1:9

God is faithful to develop you and continues to work on you. Phil. 1:6

God is faithful to give you a choice in all things – He is not obligated to keep you from problems that result when you make wrong choices.

Our 1st. choice – Trust God as He is – and wait until do understand

2nd. Choice – Don’t trust Him.

Then – who or what do you put your trust in? A god of your own making, religion, other people, family. The Bible calls this idolatry – a god with no power.

Note: Everybody puts their faith in something. The atheist puts his faith in the belief that there is no God.

Faith is putting confidence in the real God and reacting accordingly, regardless of our understanding.

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