We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again and again - Summer 2017 was the best one yet! We are so thankful for everything God did at Kamp this season, and even though our gates have closed, we are continuing to dig deeper into His word and be in awe of His goodness. Today we are proceeding with our study of the Fruits of the Spirit and will be taking a look at the attribute, faithfulness.
In Galatians 5:22-23, Paul says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
Keeping promises, practicing loyalty, and remaining steadfast in one’s beliefs are all aspects of being faithful. Faithfulness looks like showing up when we say we will and following through with the things we’ve promised. Doesn’t faithfulness sound like the makings of a perfect best friend? That’s because, first and foremost, faithfulness is an essential attribute of God, the ultimate Best Friend!
Throughout Scripture, we learn that God constantly keeps His promises to His people. If He says something will happen, then we can trust that it will happen – even if it’s not in our timing or how we imagined it would look. Hebrews 13:8 tells us that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” As we have seen throughout the scriptures and through the promises He’s fulfilled in our own lives, God is forever reliable and unwavering. He’s never failed on His promises - not even once!
Walking humbly and consistently with Jesus is how we demonstrate our own faithfulness. Unlike God’s faithfulness, which is innate and infinite, our own faithfulness is something we must work to foster as we grow in our relationships with the Lord and others. One of the best ways to grow in faithfulness is by looking to those in the Bible who showed true faithfulness in difficult circumstances. Moses is a powerful example of faithfulness. He gave up a privileged life in Egypt to lead the Israelites as God asked of him. Throughout his difficult journey, Moses wholeheartedly put his faith in God. Hebrews 11:27 tells us, “By faith [Moses] left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing Him who is unseen.”
Although Moses couldn’t physically see God walking alongside him, Moses knew that He was there. And through Moses’s faith, the faith of others’ was strengthened, as well. Many watched as Moses trusted God to part the Red Sea in order for the Israelites to escape Pharaoh’s army. In Exodus 14:13, we read: “But Moses said to the people, ‘Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today.’” When Moses was facing the Red Sea with a quickly approaching army behind him, he didn’t know exactly how God would deliver him and the Israelites to safety; Moses only trusted that God would do something, because that’s what He had promised. Moses put his faith in things unseen, and an entire sea was parted as a result.
We can imitate the faith of Moses by living our lives focused on the things that God has promised. In result of our resolve to abide in Him, God will bear the fruit of faithfulness in our lives. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for; the conviction of things not seen.” Since we know that God’s promises are true and that He’s constantly working in our lives, we must challenge ourselves to put full faith in the unseen. Although it can be difficult to focus our attention away from things outside of our control, placing full, wholehearted faith in God and his plans is always worth it. In the end, we want to kneel at the feet of Jesus and hear those beautiful words of Matthew 25: “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
Like Moses, when we show faith in the Lord’s promises, the faith of others around us is strengthened and God is exalted.
What are a few ways that you stay encouraged in his faithfulness?