Not a word we hear too much about these days. In fact, if you were to believe everything you see, or read in the news you would think that there is more unfaithfulness than faithfulness around. I will agree there is a lot of unfaithfulness around. Spouses who are unfaithful, friends or employers-or employees who would turn away in a minute if it would benefit them. Public servants who are unfaithful and do anything but serve the public. And the list goes on.
Seems bleak when you think of it. Who can be trusted? People weren’t like this in the “old days” right? Except, they were. Even in the really old long ago days. In the Book of Proverbs there are a couple of prime examples. Proverbs was likely written at least 2000 years ago. Proverbs 14:5: A faithful witness does not lie,
But a false witness will utter lies. So, there were liars back then too. Or Proverbs 20:6:Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man? Hmm. Sounds a bit like today we might think.
You would think the prophet Micah had been watching the news too much when he wrote in Micah 7:2: The faithful man has perished from the earth,And there is no one upright among men.They all lie in wait for blood; Every man hunts his brother with a net. When you read the rest of that chapter it doesn’t speak well of the people at that time. Were there really none faithful during that time?
I can’t speak for Micah’s time and all the people he came in contact with, I wasn’t there. I do know throughout the Bible there are many stories and sayings of those who were faithful. Faithful to friends,to their families, faithful to a cause, faithful to God.
I think people weren’t any different then from the way they are now. There were faithful as well as unfaithful. Today we just don’t see many tales of the faithful ones. It doesn’t sell papers as they say. Far better to have headlines of lies and scandals. Give the people what they want, they say. Personally I would like to see some stories of faithfulness in our times. Wouldn’t you?
What about if we could see the tales of the spouse who is faithful even in hard times, or perhaps with temptation; or their faithfulness even when the spouse is deployed, or away for long periods of time. Or stories of the employee who faithfully performs his/her job to the best of their ability, with never a thought of stealing or doing wrong to their employer. What about stories of the single parent faithfully taking care of their children; putting the children’s needs before their own. Or stories of the parent or grandparent who faithfully prays for their family every day; even giving up sleep when they know extra prayer is needed. How about some stories of that one who stands faithfully by their friend and believes the best of them in good times or in bad.
Oh, they are out there, the faithful ones. You might know some of them. You might be one of them. Or trying to be one to the best of your ability. Why do they do it, you might ask.
Many of those faithful ones are like that because they follow the One who is always faithful. They want nothing less than to strive to be like Him. If you were to ask them they might tell you how grateful they are to the Lord for His faithfulness. Maybe share some stories of the times He was faithful to them. Maybe even times when He was faithful when everyone else had turned away.
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassion’s fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
People are human. Sometimes even with the best of intentions they will let you down.
There is only one we can turn to who will never let us down. That is God. Faithfulness is not something the Lord does. Its who He is. Its part of His nature. He is always the same. He can’t lie. He will always love you. He will always come to look for you when you are lost. He is faithful and that will never change.
The next time you are feeling down, or thinking on how bad things are just remember, no matter what, God is always faithful. Always.