Have you ever tried to teach someone how to tie their shoes? Or have you ever tried to show someone how to play a musical instrument? To you, the task may be the easiest thing in the world to do, but you must remember, the person who is learning may have never done this before. You may want to get up and leave. You may get frustrated and angry and tell yourself “I cannot help them.” Is that how God feels with us?
Faithfulness is a word that we do not often hear in day-to-day life. We instead hear words like dependable, loyal, and constant. These words all have a similar meaning and are characteristics of our Heavenly Father. Yes, sometimes we feel like we are alone in situations. Yes, sometimes we feel like we are making our life happen on our own. I am here to tell you that no matter how you are feeling, God’s promise to remain faithful will never change.
Deuteronomy 7:9 “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.”
Look at this verse. Read it and re-read it.
Now let’s break it down.
“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God…”
God is who He says He is. He is never going to change and He is never going to leave. On Earth, we have friends, family, relationships, pets, furniture, etc. All of these things can leave us. Friends can turn their backs on us. Pets can grow old and die. Shoes can get worn so much that they break. Our God is perfect. He is God and He is our God. No one can ever take Him away from us.
“…he is the faithful God…”
We can look to our friends and family for comfort. They should be able to help us, right? Well that is not always the case. Sometimes they do not want to listen. Sometimes they do not know what advice to give. God is the faithful God. He will always listen. He will always lead your heart. As humans, we are not always easy to deal with. We sin against God and sometimes do not feel guilty about it. Does that mean God is not faithful to us anymore? No.
“…keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.”
God has already shown us through actions that He loves us. God sent His only son to die on a cross for our sins. We can read Romans 5:8 or John 3:16 and be reassured of His love, but the only way we can truly know Gods love is if we fully understand Gods action. Some people blow this off… “oh yeah, I know Jesus died for me.” “oh yes, I know God loves me.” But do you really know Gods love? Love on Earth is much different than love in Heaven. God is faithful and he is going to love us forever. Anyone here on Earth can leave you and never think twice about it.
The second part of this section gives us our action, what we should do. Since God has given us so much, would it be too much to ask if we loved Him faithfully in return? How hard is following His Word? The world is pulling us into actions that are not of God. We have to consciously make an effort to remain in Him.
I think we need to start reciprocating God’s faithfulness. If He is going to be faithful to us, let us be faithful to Him. There is no need to follow the patterns of the world. Is this where we will remain forever? No, as believers, our eternity will be spent in Heaven with God. Would it not make sense,then, to follow patterns of Heaven and not Earth?