“’God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:9
“But you promised!”
How many times as parents have we heard those words? And let’s face it…kids’ memories tend to be much sharper than ours when it comes to what we say. They can be deeply disappointed if we forget, change our mind, or just have something come up that keeps us from doing what “we promised” to do. The truth is that all children need to know they can trust the adults closest to them to do what they say they will. This is why kids crave promise keeping.
Isn’t it wonderful that God never forgets what He said? He keeps His promises all of the time. He never changes His mind, mis-speaks, or carelessly gives His Word. If He says He will do it, He will. Period. This is why we say that God is faithful. That word, faithful, means “worthy of trust.” God has proven Himself to be worthy of our trust.
God’s faithfulness is foundational to our faith as Christians. In his letter to the believers in Corinth, the Apostle Paul wrote, “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” He identifies God as the One who called us into a relationship with Jesus Christ. Paul is reminding God’s people that if they could trust God’s faithfulness in salvation, they can trust His faithfulness in everything else. As believers we know God keeps His Word because He has kept it in saving us. What other proof could we need?
We, like children, crave promise keeping. Often times we seek to satisfy this craving through relationships with people, or by believing the subtle promises that Satan whispers in our ear. The truth, however, is that God is the only One who is always faithful. Even the best people make mistakes. And the smooth-talking tongue of Satan surely cannot be trusted. But God can – all of the time and in every situation. He has proven that to us in His Son, Jesus.
Application: Have you placed all of your trust in God…not just for salvation, but also for everything else?