The Bible uses many words to describe God. Merciful, gracious, loving, all-knowing, all-powerful, faithful, good, patient, sovereign, omnipresent, and so so so many more. One characteristic of God that He has been showing me over and over again is His faithfulness. What does it mean to be faithful? I’m glad you asked (I love looking up the definitions of words)! The word “faithful” has many definitions; here are a few: steadfast in affection or allegiance; loyal; firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty. So what does it mean for God to be faithful? It means He keeps His promises.
A few weeks ago I wrote about how God never promised that we would have safe and comfortable lives, but He did promise us so much more than that. First of all, He gave us His Son, so that in itself is a promise to save and redeem the world and His creation (Ephesians 1:6-10). Along with the promise to save and redeem the world, He promised to end all suffering (Revelation 21:4). His plan for this world was perfect peace and joy between Him and His creation. The word to describe this peace and joy is shalom, which describes how things ought to be. And God promises that His Son will one day return to earth and set things right, back to how they ought to be.
A really significant way that God has been showing me His faithfulness is through His promise to provide. Two years ago, after I graduated from college, I decided to move to a city where I didn’t know anyone to do a job that I didn’t really feel qualified for. My new position was to be in fulltime ministry on a college campus. Before moving to south Mississippi there were so many unanswered questions– Will I raise all my support (I have to raise all of my funds to be a part of this ministry)? Will I make any friends? Where will I go to church? Who will I live with? What students will I meet with? How will I meet people? What is my daily job going to look like? And with unanswered questions comes lots and lots of anxiety (I don’t know about you, but I like to be in control, and I like have everything figured out before I do anything). This new season in my life forced me to rely on the Lord and trust in His faithfulness like I’ve never had to before.
There are so many passages in God’s Word that talk about His faithfulness to provide for His children. It took a long time of reading those passages and actually seeing Him at work in my life to fully understand and believe this truth. But in my weakness and unbelief He is strong and quick to help my unbelief! In a matter of months the Lord provided me with things beyond my wildest dreams. Through an amazing support team and the work of the Lord, all of my funds were raised so I could be on campus. Through someone on my staff team I was blessed with an awesome girl who was a teacher and needed a roommate. Through my new roommate I found a church to get plugged into. Through this church I was immersed into an incredible community of believers who genuinely desire to see the gospel spread in their homes, in their neighborhoods, and all around the world. Through my new job the Lord gave me a group of incredible people who I will forever call family– a group of people who loved me so well and helped me grow in my knowledge and love for Jesus. Despite my fear about doing fulltime ministry and not even having any girls to invest in in this new place, the Lord provided me with incredible relationships with so many girls who are truly striving to be more like Jesus and so desire to see the gospel reach their whole campus. The Lord helped me find my niche in ministry, and led me to start a sorority and fraternity ministry on campus. I lacked faith in God, even though His Word says all I had to do was ask (James 1:5).
I am now entering into a new season of life that is bringing even more unanswered questions. But this time around I am welcoming those unanswered questions. I know that despite my lack of faith that too often likes to creep up, He is faithful, He will provide, He has a plan, and HE IS GOD.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” –Philippians 4:19
“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all– how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” –Romans 8:32
“So do not worry, saying ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” –Matthew 6:31-34