Summary: This sermon examines some of the ways God is faithful.
This month we have focused on the subject of faithfulness. We have discussed faithfulness to our faith, our church, our family, and a ministry. Today we look at a different aspect of faithfulness. We consider God’s faithfulness. God’s faithfulness is both hard to comprehend and inspiring. It is hard to comprehend that God would be faithful to us. That does not sound logical. God does not need anyone. God is not dependent on anyone. God is not accountable to anyone. However, the Bible teaches that God is a faithful God. This concept is inspiring! God is faithful! That is wonderful!
In beginning I must acknowledge that the faithfulness of God is a very deep and complex subject. I looked up the word God in Nave’s Topical Bible. Under the word God I looked up the word faithfulness. There are over 125 references to God’s faithfulness in Nave’s. That list is not comprehensive. I would not pretend to be able to cover this subject in one sermon. In fact, I would never pretend to be able to cover the subject at all. It is incomprehensible.
Kids recognize that some things are incomprehensible.
A father was at the beach with his children when his four-year-old son ran up to him, grabbed his hand, and led him to the shore where a seagull lay dead in the sand.
’Daddy, what happened to him?’ the son asked. ’He died and went to Heaven,’ the Dad replied. The boy thought a moment and then said, ’Did God throw him back down?’ The boy had trouble comprehending death.
A three year old girl named Reese prayed this prayer: ’Our Father, Who does art in heaven, Harold is His name. Amen.’ She had trouble comprehending the Lord’s prayer.
Some thing about God are hard to comprehend. The things we know about God come from the Bible.
I want to read three passages of scripture and then make a few simple statements about God’s faithfulness. Our primary focus today is acknowledging God’s faithfulness. First, join me in reading three passages of scripture.
“This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lam. 3:21-23
“He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it” I Th. 5:24
“If we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he will also deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself.” II Tim. 2:12,13
Those are the three scriptures. Now, I want to make four simple statements about God’s faithfulness and ask you to join me in affirming these four truths.
1. God is faithful to the people who love Him.
"Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments” (Deut. 7:9) This text illustrates God’s faithfulness to His people. We need to know that God is faithful to His people.
The Velcro Effect is a term that I believe describes the relationship between God’s Faithfulness to us and our need for Him. In 1948, a Swiss mountaineer named George Mestral was walking through the woods and was very frustrated by the burs that clung to his clothes. While picking them off, he realized that it may be possible to use this principle to make a fastener to compete with the zipper. Velcro was inspired by the natural sticking properties of burrs. If you look at a velcro strip, you’ll notice that it has two parts to it: a strip that has a web of tiny hooks; and a strip that has a web of tiny interwoven hoops. These two strips are a match for each other and when you join them together the hooks "catch" the loops and they become meshed together in a very strong bond.