Faithfulness, divine and human
by Barry Newton
Whenever or wherever the wall of faithfulness has crumbled, it has always been on one side. For God to be faithful, he must fulfill his promises. For humans to be faithful, we must obey.
Is ironic the right word to describe our relationship with faithfulness? On the one hand, we created the reason why our hope hastily fled. Each of us has failed to be faithful to God. Our sins have separated us from God. The payoff for that unfaithfulness is death.
Conversely, any hope we can now have for eternal life completely depends upon God’s faithfulness to us! Through Christ God has promised to thoroughly erase the fruit of our unfaithfulness. For us to receive the gift of eternal life, God must remain faithful in fulfilling his promises to us in the new covenant.
With what is perhaps a final ironic twist, when we truly comprehend the divine grace extended to us, we should be driven to respond to God with faithfulness!
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people. It trains us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, as we wait for the happy fulfillment of our hope in the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:11-13 NET).
Praise God for his unfailing faithfulness upon which we depend!
Let’s pray that we might grow in exemplifying the faithfulness God desires.