Summary: The world is constantly changing, promising everything but delivering nothing. Promises to the world are made to be broken. Many would ask “Is there anything that is sure and certain?” The answer is a resounding “Yes!” Our God is faithful.
This world is filled with uncertainties. Institutions we once thought were secure have fallen by the way side. The world is constantly changing, promising everything but delivering nothing. Promises to the world are made to be broken. Many would ask “Is there anything that is sure and certain?” The answer is a resounding “Yes!” Our God is faithful.
I. Our God is Faithful – He keeps His Word
A. Throughout the scriptures God’s faithfulness is apparent from the Old Testament to the New Testament. God is steadfast, unchanging, utterly dependable and faithful. When He speaks, it comes to pass and His words are ye and Amen.
B. Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
C. One paraphrase of this passage states “Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.” (NLT)
D. Deuteronomy 7:9 "Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His loving-kindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments.”
E. Faithful defined in the Old & New Testaments: In Hebrew ‘emuwnah – literally - firmness; stability, steady. The Greek word is pistos meaning trustworthy, true, credible, and reliable.
F. "No one has ever MADE more promises than God, no one has ever KEPT more promises than God, and no one has ever been more FAITHFUL than God." - Ronnie Floyd
G. 1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
H. 1 Thessalonians 5:24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
I. Someone has said “God writes with a pen that never blots, speaks with a tongue that never slips, and acts with a hand that never fails. – Unknown
II. Because our God is Faithful He keeps His promises
A. Sarah – God told the aged couple Abraham and Sarah that they were going to give birth to Isaac. Overhearing the conversation, Sarah’s initial reaction was recorded in Genesis 18:10 “The LORD said, "I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son." And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah. So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, "After I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?" But I believe that Sarah began to think of God’s faithfulness and how He always kept His word. She began to realize who it was that promised and His great faithfulness.
B. Hebrews 11:11 ESV “By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised.”
C. Joshua – God had promised not to leave the children of Israel in Egyptian bondage but to deliver them and bring them into a land flowing with milk and honey. After 400 years of cruel bondage God raised Moses in keeping with His promise to lead the children of Israel out of slavery to the Promised Land. But Moses died. What now? Moses may be dead, but that is does not negate the promises or end of God’s promises for the children of Israel. The children of Israel were told to move on through their new leader, Joshua. God told them to cross the River Jordan to go and possess their possession. Again a problem – according to Joshua 3:14 -17, the river was at flood stage. But despite all odds, God kept His word and brought them through the Jordan in a miraculous way in line with his word and promise.
D. Solomon – David wanted to build a temple as a permanent dwelling place where God would make His presence known in the midst of Israel. But events in David’s life stopped God from allowing David to build the structure. But God promised that one day his son, Solomon would build it. At the dedication of the built temple Solomon acknowledges the faithfulness of God in 1 Kings 8:20 “And the LORD hath performed his word that he spoke, and I am risen up in the room of David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel.”
E. Jesus Christ – Jesus Christ, God Incarnate said that He was going to be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and the third day rise again.” Three Days, three nights Christ’s lifeless body lay in the dark, cold tomb. But then He kept His promise. We read in Matthew 28:6 the angels announcement, “He is not here: for He is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”