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as he stood in the presence of God with a   Could our sin render God unfaithful?
        second set of stone tablets, remembering   Paul gives a succinct response: “if we
        the near annihilation of the nation of Israel   are faithless, he remains faithful” (2Ti
        due to their sin with the golden calf. The   2:13), and illustrates this point in more
        faithfulness of God is what encouraged   detail in Romans (3:3-4; 8:35-39). This
        Jeremiah in his personal trial and lament   certainty is not an enticement to sin
        over the destruction of Jerusalem:    without fear of consequences, but rather
          “The thought of my suffering and    an encouragement to stand firm or return
        homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will   to God from sin (for saint or sinner). God
        never forget this awful time, as I grieve   is faithful no matter what you or I do; He
        over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when   is who He says He is and does what He
        I remember this: The faithful love of the   says He will do. This is fundamental to
        Lord never ends! His mercies never cease.   Christian maturity and service – much
        Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin   more  important  than  who  I  am  is  who
        afresh each morning” (Lam 3:19-23 NLT).  God is.
          Faithfulness is also an attribute of God   Notice that the faithfulness of God is
        that allows us to remain in relationship   always linked to what He says (promises)
        with Him despite our tendency to sin.   or does. James tells us that faith without
        Every day you and I face temptation to   works is dead (2:17), and so it is vital
        sin, so Paul writes: “God is faithful, and he   to understand that God’s faithfulness
        will not let you be tempted beyond your   is dynamic, living and working, not
        ability, but with the temptation he will also   something static and impassively
        provide the way of escape, that you may   unmoved by the ebb and flow of our lives.
        be able to endure it” (1Co 10:13 ESV). Too   The Bible closes with the truth that God
        often, we look inward and see weakness   is faithful. John sees a white horse carrying
        and feel helpless to resist temptation, but   Jesus Christ in judgment to the earth, and
        that is a wrong perspective that leads to   His first title in the vivid description is
        almost certain failure. Instead, if we “hold   “Faithful and True” (Rev 19:11). Christ
        on to the faithfulness of God” and look   is, and will be seen to be, the tangible
        for the way of escape or the strength to   proof that God is faithful. The terrible
        endure from God, it becomes more than a   judgment of the nations, the beast and the
        wishful fantasy to live the reality of “resist   false prophet ensues before the institution
        the devil and he will flee from you” (Jas   of His millennial reign. The whole of
        4:7). However, when we fail and sin, God’s   Scripture is given to us to show that God
        faithfulness still reaches out to us. John   is faithful – in creation, in His promises,
        wrote, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful   in His words and actions unveiled when
        and just to forgive us our sins and to   Christ walked this earth to the cross, to
        cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1Jn   this time of final judgment. Each of us
        1:9 ESV). God values relationship with   needs to “hold on to the faithfulness of
        us, and so there is always this provision   God” as we live our messy lives, and we
        for the sinning believer to be restored to   will prove that this is the key to receiving
        complete fellowship by Him.           the high commendation of God – “Well
          This brings us to consider a possible   done, good and faithful servant” (Mat
        challenge to the claim that God is faithful:   25:23)!

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