2nd Timothy 2:13 – “If we are faithless, He remains faithful for He cannot deny who He is.”
Faithless – disloyal, untrustworthy, unfaithful, fickle
Faithful – true, loyal, trustworthy, dependable, committed
Deny – contradict, disown, give up, go against
He Remains Faithful
We can be so faithless sometimes – fickle, double-minded, and unstable. We avoid commitment as much as possible and when we finally do make one, we quickly back out when things get too hard. We are unfaithful to family, friends, spouse, job, country, and God – through our words, our actions, and our thoughts (most especially our thoughts). We tear down those around us by what we say, we fail to do what we promise, and we harbor thoughts of lust, greed, hatred, jealousy, and unforgiveness. Oh, how faithless we are! No one likes to admit it, but we are unfaithful every day in some way – check your words, your actions, your thoughts, and your heart. To remain faithful to everyone in all areas requires constant and deliberate effort. Take every thought captive to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5), speak only to benefit those who hear (Ephesians 4:29), fulfill your promises (Matthew 5:33-37), and don’t merely listen to God’s word but do what it says (James 1:22).
God has called us into relationship with Himself and if we will let Him, He will begin to change us into His likeness – what we were always supposed to be. “God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:9) and “the one who calls you is faithful and He will do it (1st Thessalonians 5:24”. Do what? He will, “sanctify you through and through… (so that) your whole spirit, soul, and body (will) be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (1st Thessalonians 5:23)”. God is able, willing, and even eager to make you holy – to sanctify you , to make you more like Him. Yes we fail, yes we have fallen short of His glorious standard (Romans 3:23), but “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1st John 1:9)”.
We can trust Him to do what He has said because, “the One who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23)”. He doesn’t give up on us – ever. It is not as if our faithlessness and fickle hearts are news to God. He knows when we lie down and when we rise up and before a word is on our tongue, He knows it completely (Psalm 139:3-4). Yet He has chosen us from before He made the world (Ephesians 1:4). He has died to save us and has promised that “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:13). God “is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should change His mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? (Numbers 23:19)”. His name is “faithful and true” (Revelation 19:11). God’s love “reaches to the heavens and His faithfulness stretches to the skies (Psalm 36:5)”. So we can have complete confidence in Him and the promises in His Word. Even though we slip up and fall short, He forgives and restores and in everything we ever go through He has promised to those who are His – who trust in Him – “I am with you always.. (Matthew 28:20)” and “I will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5)”. Therefore, never give up but put your trust entirely in God. He will not fail you (Joshua 1:5).
Point to Ponder
How has God proven Himself faithful in your life? Take a minute and thank Him for it. In what areas do you struggle with being faithful? Ask God for His forgiveness and thank Him for being at work in you to make you more like Him. Remember: He is ever faithful.
Let’s pray, “Lord Jesus, we are so glad that You are faithful, for you have not abandoned us. Thank You for loving us and saving us through Your death. Forgive us for the times when we have been unfaithful to ourselves, to others, and especially to You. Lord, we desire to be faithful and we know that we can and will be faithful by the work and presence of Your Holy Spirit in us. Thank You that You are ever at work in us, giving us the desire to obey You and the power to do what pleases You (Philippians 2:13). For Your glory and our joy we pray. Amen.”
2nd Timothy 2:13 (paraphrase) – “If we are disloyal and fickle, He remains loyal and committed for He cannot contradict or go against who He is.”