This morning I was doing some reading through the book of Romans. If you haven’t read through Romans recently, I would encourage you to try it. It’s tough to read but if you take it slow and even take notes it can be one of the most fruitful reads in all of the Bible. I came across this verse in my reading and it seemed extremely applicable to many church-goers and even to many who wouldn’t consider themselves “church-goers”.
“Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? By no means!” Rom. 3:3-4
In our culture, one of the most common critiques of Christians is their “hypocrisy” and their inability to follow God’s commands like they should be doing. This is an appropriate critique because I know, on a personal level, I have fit into those categories. I have failed at following the commands of God as I should. I strive to follow Him but at the same time it is a constant battle where failure is unfortunately a common theme.
But does my faithlessness change how faithful God will be? The encouraging reality is, of course, NO! God is faithful despite my ability to be faithful to Him at all times or not! I am so thankful for this truth. For much of my childhood and even into my young adult years I struggled to accept this reality. I would fail and my mind would immediately condemn me and tell me that I wasn’t saved at all, and this would lead to deep, dark, depressing, and anxious places. Fortunately I have been growing in my understanding of who God is and have begun to accept that God is FAITHFUL no matter what.
I certainly know that I should strive to obey God at all times because that is what He desires of me, but I also know that when I fail and have been unfaithful to Him, He remains faithful to me! Christ’s death and resurrection paid for all of my sin; both the past ones and the future ones. Take courage in that reality if you are a follower of Christ today! If you aren’t a follower of Christ, know that God’s people are at times, not wonderful examples of who God is and I am sorry for that. But does that mean that God isn’t faithful? No. God is always faithful.