Welcome to week two of our look at the spiritual fruit of faithfulness. Naomi kicked us off last week with a great post all about God NEVER leaving us. It is definitely reassuring that we can trust in God and his faithfulness. This week we were looking at the following verse:
“But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness” Psalm 86:15
Abounding in faithfulness
The first thing that struck me about this verse was the word ABOUNDING. Rich in supply, occurring in great quantities, teeming, plentiful. Those are all the things that describe God’s faithfulness to us. Do we ever worry that God isn’t really there for us? That he has forgotten about us in our difficulties? Well think again! If God’s faithfulness is ABOUNDING then that is not even an option! So I guess that leaves us with the following question…
WHo is UNfaithful?
I decided to read the whole of Psalm 86 in order to understand this verse better. And the whole Psalm uses the word faithful/faithfulness three times.
- “Guard my life, for I am faithful to you” v2
- “Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness” v11
- “abounding in love and faithfulness” v 15
As a psalm of David, the first mention of being faithful I found really interesting. I am sure we will all agree that David had his ups and down! Especially with God. He is a man after God’s heart, but then quite often he would forget God’s ways (adultery, murder, refusal to accompany his own army into war). As much as David wants to think he is faithful to God, is he? Maybe its a question we should ask ourselves too – I know I would say I am a good Christian. But then this week I know I ignored God. I prayed about who I could give something to that day, and God clearly told me to take something to the staff at the polling station that day. Its a long day of a pretty boring and thankless job, and I thought it would be good to give them something. But then I got greedy – I didn’t want to share my chocolate stash and I blamed being in a hurry from nursery as a reason not to stop off at the shops on the way. I didn’t take anything and I lost an amazing opportunity to bless those people and start a conversation with them. Others did, and shared stories of surprised and thankful polling station staff.
So here is my confession – I am not faithful to God every second of every day.
But we can rely on God
I might not be faithful, but we know for sure we can rely on God’s faithfulness. He is the only one who is truly trustworthy. And as we learn to trust in him more and more, and grow more like Jesus then our faithfulness to God will grow too. As He shows His faithfulness in good times and bad, we begin to learn that God is all we need and become more faithful to him too.
After our first two weeks looking at God’s faithfulness, we move to look more at our faithfulness, with this verse next week:
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.Come and share your master’s happiness!” Matthew 25:21
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