Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.Hebrews 10:23
Back on Day 19, I talked about Dr. Seuss’s book Horton Hatches the Egg, where Mazie picks the best egg-sitter around when she asks Horton to sit in her nest while she takes a rest. What makes Horton so trustworthy is not his elephant memory, or his impressive size but his faithful commitment to do what he says he will do. Though times were trying, though storms raged, though danger was all around, Horton continued to live by the words:
“I meant what I said
And I said what I meant. . .
An elephant’s faithful
one hundred percent!”
No matter what came at him, Horton refused to be unfaithful. It was as if Horton could not be unfaithful in the same way that our God cannot be unfaithful. But while Horton is a child’s fantasy, God is a reality. There is nothing in Him that can be changed because of need, fear, or weakness. As A.W. Tozer once said, “Men become unfaithful because of desires, fears, weaknesses, loss of interest, or because of some strong influence from outside of them.” And since we all can possess those qualities Tozer describes, that means we are easily unfaithful. But our God is not a man and so he’s not affected by these forces. He cannot be persuaded to break his promises in the hope that breaking them would give Him what He was lacking. God is not lacking anything and this is evidence of His faithfulness.
It should be a comfort to those of us who believe in God to know about this unwavering faithfulness. In fact, it should be the foundation for belief. The entire covenant of God, all of His promises, even His love for us depends on this attribute of faithfulness. We can safely believe in Him because He is faithful without hesitation. It is His very nature to mean what He says and to say what He means. And we are supposed to grow in our likeness of Him!
Questions to ponder
Can you remember a time you tried to be faithful like Horton, maybe to a promise you made or something you said you weren’t going to do but you felt pressured or made fun of because of your commitment?
When was the last time you felt like you were unfaithful? What was the situation?
What is the main emotion you feel when you fail to be faithful? Whatever that feeling, know that God knows about your unfaithfulness and yet He is still faithful to love and forgive you when you confess it. That means you can leave that feeling behind with your unfaithfulness. That’s good news!