April 24, 2011, 10:46 PM

Can God Count on Us?

William Barclay calls faithfulness, “the virtue of reliability.” This virtue, unfortunately, is the exception and not the norm. Yet it is a problem as old as time.

If faithfulness is not yet extinct, it is moving in that direction. The characteristic of faithfulness is certainly missing in our society today. Marriages break up because of a lack of faithfulness. Friendships end because of a lack of faithfulness. Faithfulness is the foundation for human relationships and for stability in society. Unfortunately, faithfulness and words related to it like commitment, loyalty, reliability and integrity, is no longer considered as essential.  However, faithfulness is an essential attribute of God’s character. It goes without saying that God is faithful
Would we want a God who is less than faithful? If we had such a God, then we would never be certain whether we could trust Him. What good would His Word be? Of what value would His promises be? I think it safe to assume that we would not want a God like that. Thankfully, we do not have a God like that!
We have a God in whom we can express the utmost confidence, because God keeps His Word. We are told in Hebrews 10:23 (KJV) 23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for He is faithful that promised. We serve a God who is faithful. We can trust in Him without question. Yet the question that begs to be answered is; can He trust us?
The call to be a Christian is a call to be Christ-like. To be Christ-like is to be faithful. Faithfulness is essential for those who would receive the crown of life. For us as believers, faithfulness is indispensable. Without it, we will not be pleasing to God. Indeed, the one characteristic which should mark Christians is faithfulness. It should describe us because it describes God.
If we are led by the Spirit of God, we will produce the fruits of the Spirit. If we follow in the footsteps of God, those footsteps include the virtue of faithfulness, “the virtue of reliability!” We can trust God without question, but can God count on us?

Rock of Zion