IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: GOD’S FAITHFULNESS IS UNTO ALL GENERATIONS
Rev. Innocent Chukwudi Peace Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.”
This morning I hold before you a truth that will sustain you when all other props are gone. No matter what’s going on in your life right now – stress, health problems, finances that have you in a vice, desperately wishing you had never married, desperately wanting to get married, children who have set an ache in your soul, the death of someone you love – whatever pain you are in, God’s steadfast love for you will never, ever end. Every day, He has brand new supplies of mercy. There is a dawn that is coming after the night. And it is all captured in the sentence, “God is faithful to the end.”
Hear me this morning: If you are a Christian, you are adopted by a Father who will never ever change His mind in regard to you, never write you off, never leave you or forsake you. If you are a part of God’s family by faith alone in Christ alone, then you have a Friend who sticks closer than a brother. You cannot talk about the one true God without coming to this truth: How great is the faithfulness of our God!
“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”
When an intimidated Moses needed assurance about the massive assignment he was given, He asked for God’s credentials. He wanted to know God’s name. So God answered with His covenant name, “Yahweh: I AM WHO I AM” (Ex. 3:14). Think about the meaning of that name. God took the present tense verb form of “to be” and used it for His name. It is a name that expresses God’s eternality, but it also announces that in His nature and perfections, in His knowledge, will, purpose and happiness, He always remains the same. God never changes.
“Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;
His truth dependeth upon his unchangeable nature, but it is confirmed to us by experience. His unchangeable nature,
If a promise can be made out to be of God, we have no more reason to doubt of it than of the nature and being of God. Yet, it is confirmed by experience: Ps. xviii. 30, ‘The word of the Lord is a tried word.’ We are led by sensible things, and what hath been done doth assure us of what shall be done, or may be expected from God.
“By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised”
God and His Word are one. John 1:1. The written Word and the Living God are One. The Living God is too faithful to fail just like the written Word cannot fail. The written word is settled for ever in heaven. The Bible says:
“For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.” – Psalm 119:89-90
The word of God is settled in heaven; God’s faithfulness transcends generations. The ever changing paradigm shift in technology and all other areas of human activities would never change the word of God and would never alter the faithfulness of God regarding what He has said in His word.
Brethren, having a revelation of the faithfulness of God that can never fail is one of the best things that can ever happen to a believer. The revelation of God’s faithfulness does not just power our faith; it keeps us joyful (no matter the situation around us), and keeps us going from glory to glory.
Friends, the faithfulness of God is anchored on the integrity of God. It is impossible for to lie or to change His word. It goes without saying that anything God says is what is established on the earth. Whatever you have read in the Bible or whatever has been said to you from the word of God is what God has established for you on the earth; no situation or circumstances in any country can change whatever God says and He (God) has vowed never to change whatever He says. Psalm 89:34.
The question is; have you heard anything from God? Have you been told anything from the word of God? In case you have not; I say to you now that; no matter what you are going through or what is happening around you, it shall be well with you. Isaiah 3:10. Things are turning out “well” for you. The blessing of God that cannot fail will begin to speak for you in all areas of your life from this time onward.
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it”
(I Corinthians 10:13).
A Communicable Attribute:
Theology students learn early on that when it comes to God’s nature, there are some attributes (or characteristics) of God that are incommunicable — that is, human beings cannot share them. God alone is eternal, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent. But God also has a set of communicable attributes, characteristics that define God and that human beings can share. These include (among others) love, mercy, and certainly faithfulness. God is the premier promise keeper. God stays true to his word no matter what. God can be counted on to come through. Although human beings cannot be perfectly faithful as God is faithful, we can strive to be promise keepers and faithful servants who do what we say we will do, who can be counted on to follow through, to tell the truth, and to be reliable in all things.
Biblical authors attribute faithfulness to God very frequently. Often paired with love or righteousness or justice, faithfulness is one of God’s signature traits. Whether in his works, judgments, plans or covenant dealings, God is the one who may be relied upon to maintain a steady course. God’s people are often very trying to God and to each other, but God keeps on with them.
Faithfulness and Covenant:
Especially in the Old Testament — but continuing in the New Testament through the new covenant in Christ — there can be no missing the snug fit between the faithfulness of God and God’s covenant. Begun with Abram in Genesis and then extended and renewed through Moses and David, God promised to become the Savior of all nations. God would provide a way, through Israel initially, to bring redemption to a world that had run off the original creation rails. Of course, covenants involve two parties, and so Abraham and then later his descendants in what became the nation of Israel promised to hold up their end of the bargain by following God’s ways, obeying God’s Law, and so providing a consistent and transparent witness to the one true God. But Israel repeatedly failed. They did not keep covenant with God, and although God punished the people for their sins, God did not let down his side of the covenant. Once it was clear that God would have to keep both ends of the covenant if the covenant was ever going to achieve its purpose, God sent his only Son to this world to take Israel’s place as the faithful human covenant keeper the people could never be. Through Christ’s faithfulness that led him all the way to death on the cross, the covenant was fulfilled and salvation was achieved. God is the ultimate covenant keeper not only from his side of things but, vicariously through Christ, also from our side!
Gift and model for human beings.
God’s faithfulness is a gift and model for human beings who are then duty-bound to show it back to God and outward to others. Human beings’ faithfulness is spotty, to say the least, whether in obedience to God, in justice toward each other or in self-giving love. People become idolatrous, uninterested, double-minded, ungrateful. They turn their back on God. They cheat each other. Yet God keeps turning toward them. The texts quoted from Hosea mark the contrast. In fact, a big piece of the Bible’s metanarrative is of God’s faithfulness to faithless sinners.
Faithfulness and Truth: When we think of faithfulness, we tend to think of relationships, and that in turn makes us think about being promise keepers. But for God, being faithful is also connected to truth. God is reliable because God will always know the truth, tell the truth, and embody the truth. God’s ways are never false, his decisions never wrong, his declarations never in error. God and the true nature of the universe line up in a perfect 1:1 correspondence such that it is not the least bit of an exaggeration to say “God is truth.” For human beings this implies that faithfulness to God means not just following God’s commands but also speaking the truth and embodying the truth. The people of God live, speak, and act in accordance with the nature of God and with the way in which God set up the universe. Christian living is supposed to provide a faithful witness to God’s truth through speaking about God’s nature, God’s salvation, and God’s plans in ways that are transparent to and in alignment with how things look from God’s vantage point. In part this involves faithfulness to Scripture as the revealed Word of God in which the truths about God, creation, and their relation are set forth. Christians should never pretend they know the whole truth about God, but insofar as God has revealed his character, ways, and plans in the Bible, Christians faithfully walk according to the light Scripture provides.
Jesus’ faithfulness Jesus plays his own special role in the narrative. The scene on Golgotha tells us how fearful a thing atonement is, even for the Son of God. All his securities had been stripped away, including his clothing. The gospels tell us that priests plotted against him, that Judas betrayed him, that three disciples fell asleep on him, that witnesses lied about him, and that Peter denied him. Each was a stake in Jesus’ heart, long before the Romans drove them through his hands and feet. And yet he went through with it to the end, all for the sake of sinners. Not even centuries of retelling this story diminish its magnificence.
Faithfulness is not an exotic or dramatic virtue.
Nobody advertises it. Storytellers avoid it. And yet. No marriage, family, family business, church, or nation can endure without it. Every day the heroes of faithfulness keep plugging away with little notice and little applause. They do their job even when they don’t want to. They stick with the spouse they’re stuck with. They obey God even when they can’t make any sense of the evils God sees fit to permit in the world. They stand by a shamed son or daughter. They defend unfairly attacked preachers. They write to missionaries. They give. They give back. They put up with in-laws that make them crazy. They pray. They sing. They sing “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” And when their longing for God loses steam, they long to long again.
I could go on mentioning the rich benefits that flow from being related to God. Because He is faithful I can conquer every temptation – 1 Cor. 10:13: “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. God is faithful and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape, so that you are able to bear it. “
Because He is faithful, He keeps up His side of the relationship even when I don’t. 2 Tim. 2:13: If we are faithless, He remains faithful – for He cannot deny Himself.
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