God’s faithfulness means that God will always do what He said and fulfill what He has promised.– Wayne Grudem
There was a point in my life where I prayed to God to guide me always. If my memory serves me well, it was during my college years. It was when adulting sets in and accountability of one’s actions was significant. I know that God is always there, especially when you pray to Him. And I learned this at an early age. But like any other Catholics, I got lost in the traditions, rituals and calling to other names. In today’s devotional, we will learn how God is unchangingly faithful even if we are not.
Today’s devotional reading is from the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians 1:7-9. Please, read our recent devotional from the Book of Romans 4:11-12: Where Do We Belong?
His Faithfulness Is Forever
Paul wrote God is faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9) and this is clear as glass. He is unchanging despite the unfaithfulness of His people. However, this is often misunderstood. We can liken it to God’s other attribute – God is love. People think that they will not be punished as a result of their wrongdoings because God is love. And with that, He cannot be mad and angry at sinners.
In this verse, Paul talks about the faithfulness of God to the people whom He has called. Furthermore, these are the people who remained faithful to Him through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Nevertheless, God’s faithfulness also goes the other way for the people who are wicked in their ways. He is faithful to serve justice to all the corrupt ways a person has done.
When You Are Called
Jesus said: For many are called, but few are chosen (Matthew 22:14). This talks about the call of repentance that was spread by the apostles before and Christ’s followers to this day. The Gospel of Jesus Christ was first shared with the Jews, then with the Gentile (Romans 1:16). However, only a few have been faithful in believing the Good News and living it out in their lives.
People are disheartened easily by the sufferings and changes they have to make to follow Christ. Moreover, they love the world too much that they cannot let go of it in exchange for the One that can give them more.
If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me (Matthew 16:24-26). The direct instruction of Jesus to whoever wants to follow Him. Do not be confused about what you hear from false teachers about living your best life now. Our life on earth will never be the best when we follow Christ. For the reason that this world will hate us as it did with Jesus (John 15:18). But be faithful and be of good cheer for Christ has overcome all of it (John 16:33). It will be tolerable, especially, when we depend on Him in all aspects of our lives.
This is the time for your journaling. Reflect on these questions. Ask the Holy Spirit to test your faith and your walk with Christ.
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? — 2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV
- List down events that God was faithful to you.
- Enumerate situations wherein you were unfaithful to God.
- What were your realizations on God’s commitment to you?
- How do you feel about your unreliability towards God?
- Are you ready to recommit your life to Him? Accept Jesus Now.
- God’s Way Is The Right Way
- With God, All Things Are Possible
- Giving and Receiving
- God’s promises
- Feeling Empty?
Our faithful Father, holy is your name. We are sorry for the times that we were unfaithful to you. Forgive us and our many sins (mention your sins). O Lord, Jesus Christ, you showed us how to be loyal and obedient to the Father regardless of the hardships you faced to bear our punishment. May we also be like you.
O Holy Spirit, strengthen us as we walk with Christ. Let the Light of Him be with us and manifest to others through our words, deeds, and faith. We ask all of these in the saving name of Jesus Christ. Amen.