Trust is something that all humans struggle with. There is very little that everyone can really count on. We are confident that the sun will rise and set each day. All of humanity is confident that death will someday find them, and pretty much everyone trusts that they will face adversity in some form or another. But there really isn’t much in life that we can place our complete confidence in, and I think this why we often have trouble believing that God can love us with an unconditional and unwavering love.
One of the reason we cannot depend wholly on ourselves or others is because we and they are always changing. We are not constant, but God never changes (Mal 3:6), and this is why we can rest in him and in his faithfulness to us.
Understanding the faithfulness of God is critical to our confidence in him and hope for the future. Here are 4 things we must know well that will help us see the faithfulness of God.
We must know that God never changes in:
1. His purposes
While we cannot know all of God’s purposes we can know a few of them because he has revealed them to us in scripture. His main purpose is to glorify himself. This means that all things will be used for this end. With that he also causes all things to work together for the good of those who love him, as well as their sanctification. changed into the image of God. (Jn 17:17; Rom 8)
2. His Character
Don’t be afraid to do a study on all the different aspects of God’s character. You will be in awe of how great our God is and you will be greatly blessed and encouraged. You will see that because he is faithful he cannot go against his character. The old catechism says that God is unchanging in his “being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth.” (WSC Q. 4, and see Ps. 102:25-27; Mal. 3:6; James 1:27)
For I the LORD do not change;
3. His Promises
His faithfulness requires that he accept us through the blood of Jesus because he has spent his wrath against our sin on his Son. Therefore he has promised to save all of those who repent and call on the name of Christ (Rom. 3:26). His faithfulness causes him to sustain you when you are burdened and to strengthen you when you are weak. He has also promised to return and make all things right and because of his faithfulness he will come back to rescue us all.
God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged.
4. His Love
His love is constant, relentless, and eternal. And we see it best at the cross. This is where the love of Christ shines brightest. Here he was willing to lay down his holy, innocent life for rebellious, sinful, forgetful and unloving creatures like us. At the cross we see the Judge step down from his bench and become the one judged in our stead.
He is not like a wave that is always moving. He is our rock–our fortress that cannot be shaken, moved or changed. Because he cannot change we can place complete trust in the love he has for his people.
Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.
Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. Jn 13:1b
Perhaps you are having a hard time trusting God right now. In the midst of life that is constantly changing. In the middle of a season where crises are constant and you aren’t sure what going to happen next, you must go to God’s word and learn over and over again that he is trustworthy because he us good and never changes. You can rest in that.
Looking To Jesus,