Christians believe God to be one who keeps his promises. That’s why you hear them repeatedly speak about his faithfulness.
Unlike men who say one thing and do another, what he said came to pass. Men bind their promises on their word but this always fails at least because they die.
We are promised love but with the injunction that death will be the end of it. But it’s not so with God.
No, God binds his word on his own existence as nothing else qualifies as guarantee to his promises.
“All people are like grass,
and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.
7 The grass withers and the flowers fall,
because the breath of the Lord blows on them.
Surely the people are grass.
8 The grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of our God endures forever.” Isaiah 40.
While men die and their word go with them, God lives on and his word stands the times and tides.
Only Faithful to his Word
But as with every promise God can only be faithful to what he has said, what is contained in his Word, in the Bible.
We cannot claim his faithfulness to our every whim and desire, however good and powerful he is, that’s just infringement on our part.
No, as with every party to a covenant we need to know the other party well and the terms of the covenant. And this is not just a case of how to exploit the terms but also how to remain faithful to him as well.
This is why Christians value God’s Word because through it we know God and what he has revealed to us. Ours is not just a religious text but the word of the God who made us and wants to live with us in his eternal home in future.
What’s more, God has told us how to live now in this waiting period and for this, we need his word to guide us and strengthen us on the journey.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40.
He renews our strength by his word as he leads us to our eternal heritage.
Living in light of his word
God’s Word is our light and guide through this world. It gives us perspective on life under the sun and reminds us that we belong to another in our heavenly home.
And when we feel lost, we go to his word to know his plan now (Ephesians 3:10) and to the fullness of time (Ephesians 1:10).
This gives us a viewpoint of what we should be all about as Christians, as those who know God and his plan in this blind and confused world.
His Word reveals to us that history is linear, not circular, purposeful not random and headed to everything being put under the reign of King Jesus.
…With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. Ephesians 1.
…10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms Ephesians 3.
Through his word Christians know where this world is headed and can make informed decisions. That is, to make most use of this time as we look forward to his imminent return. To give ourselves fully to what he is achieving through his church.