March 3, 2024 | Doug Sauder
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Faithful isn’t a word we use much nowadays. In fact, you more often hear its antithesis—unfaithful—used. You hear about an unfaithful spouse. You read about the hometown hero pro athlete who ditches the team that drafted them in favor of a bigger contract and is now labelled disloyal and unfaithful by the local media. So, you could say we kind of have a basic, vague understanding of faithfulness based on our understanding of unfaithfulness. But is there more to it? Does it go beyond basic loyalty?
In the New Testament, the word for faithful is pistos. It means “unwavering reliability, consistency, and devotion.” It’s essentially a seal of guarantee, an ever-present constant that can always be counted on and never leaves room for doubt. It’s secure and unshaken by anything, just like the Shepherd’s tree whose roots go over 230 feet deep. Nothing is going to uproot a tree that’s planted that firmly and deeply into the earth. This is the faithfulness of God!
Read Galatians 5:22-23, 1 Corinthians 1:4-9, and Hebrews 10:23
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”—Hebrews 10:23 (NKJV)
Faithful Father, thank You for being who You are! Your character, Your nature, Your presence, Your heart . . . You are wonderful in all Your ways. Thank You that regardless of who I was and what I’ve done in my life, You are faithful to receive me into Your kingdom because of the gift of grace through Jesus. Thank You that regardless of how unfaithful I may be, You’re faithful and just to forgive my sins and cleanse me of all unrighteousness. Thank You that You are always with me, always near me, always working, moving, and redeeming. And Thank You that You faithfully and generously give the Holy Spirit to sanctify me and make me more like Your Son. May I abide in You, Lord, and see the fruit of Your faithfulness displayed clearly through my life to the glory of Your Son Jesus. Amen.
Make a list of all the ways God has shown Himself to be faithful in your life. Be specific! Then, think of ways other believers have demonstrated this fruit. Finally, think of examples of how God has made you faithful and thank Him for all of it!
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Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.