There are many qualities of God revealed in Scripture, and one of them is His faithfulness. When the Lord was about to lead His people into the Promised Land, He gave them this reminder: “Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments; but repays those who hate Him to their faces, to destroy them; He will not delay with him who hates Him” (Deut. 7:9-10).
God’s attributes are the foundation for His faithfulness. His Word tells us that He is:
Omniscient. The Lord knows all things—past, present, and future. He’s never surprised by events and cannot forget anything. He knows how we live, whether in godliness or sin. Although we may turn a blind eye to Him, He’s aware of everything that takes place, and nothing is hidden from Him.
Omnipotent. God has all power to accomplish what He desires. We need never fear that He cannot answer prayer, provide for our needs, change situations, or fulfill His promises. If He doesn’t intervene in our lives the way we desire or expect, it is not because He doesn’t have the power but because He works to accomplish His will, not ours.
Omnipresent. The Lord is present everywhere all the time. Whether saint or sinner, we are all in His presence every moment. Although there may be times when we wish we could hide from Him because of our sin, there is no way of escape. But in reality, being without the Lord is not really what we want. When we belong to Him, He faithfully walks with us through every trial, heartache, and burden, bringing His comfort, guidance, and peace.
Truthful. Our God will never mislead us or deceive us. He’s the source of all truth and always speaks what is true in His Word. Within Scripture, the Lord has given us guidance for every possible situation we may face. If we’ll trust in Him and not in our own understanding, He’ll make our paths straight and lead us the right way (Prov. 3:5-6). His truth not only affirms His great love for us but also convicts us of sin so we can return to Him.
Unchanging. The Lord is always the same—absolutely holy and perfect. Although His actions vary, His nature and attributes do not. His power never lessens; His knowledge cannot decrease; His purposes stand firm; and His promises will not fail. We, on the other hand, constantly change. Sometimes we’re faithful, and at other times we sin, but we never have to fear that the Lord has changed His mind and taken our salvation away. Every time we come to Him He gives us grace, mercy, and wisdom for life and promises to bring us safely to heaven after death.
This is who God is all the time—in the light and the darkness, in good times or bad. His unchanging nature is the essence of His faithfulness and the reason for our security and trust in Him.
Do you truly believe that God is faithful all the time? Be sure the truth you know in your mind also resides in your heart.
This article is adapted from the Sermon Notes for Dr. Stanley’s message “Our Faithful God,” which airs this weekend on TV.