The dictionary definition of faithfulness is “The concept of unfailingly remaining loyal to someone or something and putting that loyalty into consistent practice regardless of extenuating circumstances.” This seems to imply that faithfulness is unconditional, and that nothing else happening should change it. However, humans have failed at this since the beginning of time. We are seemingly incapable of having our attention, focus, and love devoted to one thing only. There will always be something else to distract us and take our attention from the thing we are supposed to be caring about. Thankfully, Christ is not like this! Exodus 34:6 says, “And He (God) passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, ‘The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” The context of this passage is the making of the Ten Commandments. We all know how that story ends – the Israelites and Moses break God’s laws and anger Him time and time again, and yet God never gives up on them. The Bible says, “Never will I leave you, nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5) We are much like the Israelites. We have broken God’s commandments so many times. We lie, we cheat, we steal, and yet God still loves those he has chosen. However, we need to remember that God gives us so much grace and forgiveness, instead of taking it for granted as we are so prone to do. Psalm 26:3 says, “for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.” David isn’t simply remembering that God forgives him, he is relying on it. He cannot live without God’s forgiveness and love, and we shouldn’t be able to either.
Of course, humans are far from perfect. We have marriages that are broken, secrets the are lost, and promises that are not kept. That is why we need a Savior. Isaiah 43:1-2 says, “But now, this is what the Lord says – He who created you, Jacob, He who formed you, Israel: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” In this profound passage of scripture, the Lord is promising to be with us – no matter what. Through all these terrifying example – floods, rivers, fire – He promises to protect us and be with us throughout all of it. Remember this. Remember this when you are sad, or lonely, or heartbroken. Remember this when you think there’s nothing left to live for. God is here with us, and he will protect us and hold us and love us, and all we must do is put our trust in Him and ask Him to be with us. This chapter goes on to say, “Since you are precious and honored in my site, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, and nations in exchange for your life. Do not be afraid, for I am with you.” God is making promises here that he is never going to break, because he is incapable of breaking promises. He is promising to be with us and love us and protect us.
This is what faithfulness is. It is loving someone unconditionally, never breaking a promise, and protecting someone with everything in you. Of course, humans are incapable of this, but our heavenly Father promises to be what we cannot. He is the truest form of faithfulness.
Sarah MacDonald (15) is on staff with CLM/TPS Chapel and is a sophomore at The Potter's School.