As is done unto us by Deon Crafford
Micah 7:18-20 Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. You will show faithfulness to Jacob and steadfast love to Abraham, as you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.
Psalm 119:89-90 Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast.
We’re called to faithfulness by Paul when he writes about the fruit of the Spirit to the Galatians (Gal 5:22-23). Faithfulness we’ll say, yes that is a very important virtue of all believers. And yet it appears that it may be one of those we struggle with most to make part of our daily living. Do we get what faithfulness means? You can look over many definitions and synonyms that will all culminate in one of these two words – trust and steadfastness. These two words then lead me on to consistency and predictability. If you consider the marriage or relationship you’re in, this will make sense. Faithfulness means that I do not for a moment doubt that the person whom I betrothed my heart to, will remain truthful and trustworthy regardless of circumstance – and it is this last part that really matters here; regardless of circumstance. Living consistently pure in what ultimately is a sewage pit of sin, is the greatest challenge believers face every day. No matter how beautiful this world can be and how sometimes its people can display the highest form of compassion, when you add up what this little blue dot in the universe delivers on a daily basis, the balance consistently tilts towards decay. This is what Paul calls the fruits of the Flesh. And when you are constantly exposed to the outputs of this environment, “regardless of circumstance” becomes a big ask. But for God.
You see, God has been for us the perfect example of faithfulness regardless of circumstance. As in the Scriptures quoted above, God will not let our sins or iniquities get in the way of His faithfulness. He promised Himself to us and He has forever and will forever remain steadfast, regardless of what our flawed existences can dish up. What he has done, created and touched stands fast. He is steadfast. When I come looking for God, I will find Him right there beside me, where He has been always and where He will be always. He is not unpredictable in His love, presence and power. Perhaps many would say they do not agree with this, because they have had many experiences where they petitioned God for intervention and it did not come. That’s wrong – His intervention always comes – it is just not what we always desire. Even if nothing happens, still it is God who oversees and command nothing to happen, which makes nothing something, if you get me.
So what then for us as we daily experience God’s perfect example of faithfulness? As we deepen in our relationship with Him shall it then not be that we seek to be ever more consistent and predictable on how we’re likely to act as believers? And if this is our desire, let’s understand that we can only do that in unity with immeasurable faithfulness of God, which we access constantly through our openness to the Holy Spirit. May it be then today that you find a special breakthrough in consistency and steadfastness in your relationship with God. There was a supermarket/restaurant in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, called Fontana in my university days. You could go there 24/7 and pick up the best roast chicken in town, a real treat for hungry students. They said that the day they opened the doors of Fontana, they threw away the key because it would never close again. Urban legend maybe, but may I wish it on all of us that as we throw open the doors to our heart for the Holy Spirit to enter, that those doors get ripped from their hinges forever. May it be that our openness to the Spirit, feeds our faithfulness to God and those He loves.
Love to all