What are the attributes of God? Discover and consider a few of God’s attributes through this short blog series. Today’s attribute: faithful.
Attributes of God: God is Faithful
by Amanda Hickernell
We long for perfection. We long for our bodies to be perfectly healthy, our work to be perfectly fulfilling, and our relationships to be perfectly loving. We long to be with Christ in Heaven. As we look at a world full of pain, we wonder how much longer we have to wait. We even doubt that God is truly in the midst of it all, working for our good and His glory. So today, let’s remind ourselves of God’s faithfulness. Because remembering God’s faithfulness strengthens our faith and helps us to persevere.
Reminders that God is Faithful
God is faithful. God always keeps His promises. Do you need a few specific reminders?
God promised Eve that her offspring would crush the head of the deceitful serpent. Done.
God promised Abraham as many descendants as there are stars in the sky. Done.
God promised Moses that He would bring the Israelites out of Egypt. Done.
God promised David that his son, Solomon would build the temple. Done.
God promised Isaiah that Immanuel would come as a child. Done.
God promised Mary, a virgin, that she would give birth to a son. Done.
Jesus promised that the Son of Man would be lifted up to die. Done.
Jesus promised that His body, the temple would be built again in 3 days. Done.
Jesus promised His disciples that a helper would come after His ascension. Done.
Remember the Promises of God
As you look through the Bible, it is chock full of promises that have been fulfilled in extraordinary ways that can only be attributed to God. Stories that remind us of God’s power and sovereignty over all things. God has already fulfilled many of the promises in the Bible and we can trust Him to fulfill the rest.
- Matthew 28:20: Jesus says “surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
- Revelation 21:3-4: “God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them… There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
- Philippians 1:6: “He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Reflect Upon God’s Faithfulness in Your Life
Reflecting on our lives and seeing God’s faithfulness strengthens our faith as we move forward. It gives us courage and strength to persevere. Take a look back on your own life. How has God been faithful to you in the past? Write those stories down or commemorate them in some way. In the Old Testament, altars were built in places where God had demonstrated His power and faithfulness to His people. 1 Samuel 7:12 says “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far the Lord has helped us.’” Samuel took a stone and named it Ebenezer after the place where God used some loud thunder to defeat the Philistines. And Samuel proclaimed, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” Samuel understood that God had helped them until now, and He would continue to be faithful to them in the future.
So, I could go in my yard, take a few stones and name them Aptos, Minuteman Press, Sacramento, BSF, The Hallows, June and Peyton. All are reminders of God’s faithfulness to provide for me, care for me, and sanctify me. And in a few months, I can add COVID-19. Because God will prove faithful to use this time to provide for me, care for me and sanctify me.
So, what do your stones say? I’d and your Hallows Church family would love to hear a story of God’s faithfulness from your life. Share them here.
Amanda Hickernell is a member of The Hallows Church West Seattle Expression. Amanda is a BSF teacher, graphic designer, wife to Jim and mother of two. She is often found leveraging her gifts and time on the Hallows Communication Team, Hallows Women’s Ministry Team, and wearing multiple hats at The Hallows West Seattle Expression.