Posted by Murray Smith

Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven,” Psalm 85:11.

Every hour creation speaks of God’s faithfulness. Every day the sun breaks through the darkness of the night, waking the world to a new dawn. Every week seven days and nights pass inviting humankind to respond to God’s created order with its natural rhythms of work, play and rest. Every year one season fades into another, summer cools into autumn, and winter warms into spring, enabling humanity to flourish when we respect what we have been given. God does not struggle with faithfulness, while unfortunately we do, in a transient, mobile, disposable society. Your latest designer cell phone has a limited lifespan only. So does your laptop. So does your car or bicycle. Sadly, as so many of you have experienced so do relationships, work partnerships and marriages often also have a limited lifespan.

Within this mobility and impermanence it’s important to remember that God remains consistently, “compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness,” Psalm 86:15.

The seventh fruit of the Spirit is of course faithfulness, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness …” Gal 5:22. It may be a rare fruit these days, but it is certainly worth cultivating.

Have you perhaps been labelled as being unfaithful in the past?

Well that can change because there is One who remains faithful even when we are unfaithful. In fact that is His name, “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True,” Rev 19:11. You may not feel strong enough to become a faithful person, but He is able to help you. You may come from a family where there was unfaithfulness, but you can become the first to be faithful. Why not plant your first seeds of faithfulness today and you may be surprised at the harvest of joy you reap.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you, that despite my unfaithfulness you always remain faithful. Please guide me into a new lifestyle of consistent faithfulness.