3True, some of them were unfaithful; but just because they were unfaithful, does that mean God will be unfaithful? 4 Of course not! Even if everyone else is a liar, God is true. As the Scriptures say about him,
ďYou will be proved right in what you say,
and you will win your case in court.Ē
God is faithful even when we have no faith. God is true, even though every human being is a liar.
Too often we try to limit God with our finite standards. We sometimes confuse us being created in like image and use our image as the measure. We are created in Godís image, but unlike God, humans have become corrupted with sin. When Adam and Eve fell to temptation our perfection became undone.
I believe in Eden man did understand God more fully because there was no corruption, no limitation. Man was pure enough to walk in the cool of the day with God. Together side by side with the Lord! That implies that man was pure and without sin to be able to walk with God, who cannot even look upon sin. During this time there was no reason to lack faith, for faith was not yet established in man (God was visibly and physically present, faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen). Yet, even there God was faithful. God knew man would fall. He knew when He created man that we would spiral to the point where He would flood the earth to rid the world of all but Noah and his family. Yet God still created us, still created Eden, and still walked and talked with Adam. God was faithful to put into works the plan of salvation through Jesus Christ.
Still in Eden is where man discovered the ability to lie from the source of lies, the father of lies himself. So man begins the journey into sin and self-destruction. Yet God is true. With the foreknowledge of events God was true to His mercy and offered Adam the opportunity to confess and repent before judgment. God knew what man had done, yet still He came in search of Adam and Eve for His daily walk through the garden offering the opportunity of fellowship. It was after God confronted Adam about his sin that Adam failed at his chance to confess and be redeemed. With that failure comes the judgment and the punishment for the sin. I believe (I could find no specific Scripture to back this claim, except the nature of God and His mercy) if Adam had confessed when confronted by God that judgment would have been merciful, to the point of forgiveness for that is the nature of Godís mercy. Godís judgment was fair and true. God is true and fair in His judgment of man.
God is faithful and God is true despite our lack of faith and honesty. God is not limited by our limitations. Since we are limited by the corruption of sin, it is impossible for us to fully understand the concept of Godís faithfulness and truth. When we apply this Scripture to our lives, then we can begin to trust further in God, knowing that He is faithful and true in all things. This knowledge will increase faith.
Amen, Brother! In a college theology course I took in 1982, we read "Your God Is Too Small" by J.B. Phillips and that little book showed me just how BIG and awesome our God is. Instead of increasing any fear of Him, I instead learned to place my total trust in Him because I knew without doubt that He is surely able. To this day, I rest in the peace that came with that trust. Good piece, Christian. Blessings to you as you continue to ponder before God and He unfolds before you His great and marvelous mysteries. Jody
Christian I don't know what else to say other than GREAT WORD! You taught this so well and YES our God is faithful! Even when we are not. I am so glad that He is or we would all perish. Thanks for this great teaching. God bless you my precious brother in Christ...Hugs