Genesis 16, 17:7, 20:11, 22:8, Matthew 17:20, 2 Timothy 2:13, Hebrews 11:8
“If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13
Have you ever been afraid to let God down? I often lay awake at night recounting the ways I failed Him throughout the day. As I struggle to wrap my mind around God’s constant faithfulness, I wonder if He gets fed up with me and my continual defeat over something He has walked me through a thousand times. Although God has found me faithless more than I would like to admit, He has always maintained his end of the deal. Each time I come to Him with repentance, He meets me with mercy and teaches me.
If there was someone who had intense faith, it was good ol’ Father Abraham. Just ask the author of Hebrews 11:8 who wrote, “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.” Not only do we admire Abraham for his blind faith as he traveled, but also in his willingness to sacrifice His promised son, Isaac. Abraham had experienced the faithfulness of God’s promise, and he knew, “God would provide,” (Gen. 22:8a, ESV).
Despite Abraham’s great faith, I wonder if he had days like I have had. Did he ever experience restless nights knowing he did not give God the trust He deserved? After all, he lied to King Abimelech (I bet if you say that guy’s name fast enough it sounds like you’re sneezing). Abraham said that his wife was his sister in fear for his own life because of her beauty (Gen. 20:11b). This couple allowed fear to creep in and sway their decisions, which led to the time they thought it was a good idea for Abraham to sleep with his wife’s servant in an effort to bring forth the son God had promised to him (Gen. 16). I wonder if Abraham thought God had forgotten about His promise. Or maybe Abraham thought God needed a hand with the whole situation. It seems ridiculous, but I’ve been there.
Although Abraham often had his own slips and falls on his journey with the Lord, our sovereign God was faithfully working and never wavering, even when his child came up short. Despite the times Abraham tried to hurry God’s plan along, God was stronger than any of Abraham’s faults. Even in the first book of the Bible, God was preparing for His Son, through Abraham. God was faithful enough for His own promises and for Abraham’s own calling. “And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you” (Gen. 17:7). The everlasting covenant God promised to Abraham would ultimately lead to the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ.
As a child of God, you cannot mess up His plans or interrupt His faithfulness. You cannot sin your way out of His love, nor can you doubt your way out of His salvation. When our failures seem to have grown into a tall, dark mountain casting a shadow down upon our dwindled faith, gather up that mustard seed worth you have left and tell that mountain to move (Matt. 17:20).
What mountain can you pray for God to move in your life today?
Our faith is proven in the one we believe in, Jesus, the Faithful One. Allow our strong God to carry you and your faith. He can be trusted and He alone is faithful enough for every single one of us. When you see just how trustworthy He is, it gives you even more faith for this hard journey of life. In those times when you feel that you have let Him down, remember He’s the One holding you, faith and all.
“For when we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself.”