I’m sharing my personal alphabetical list of some of the infinite attributes of God. This week I’m on the letter F.

I enjoy running as a way to stay fit and start the day. Whenever I go out, I use a running app on my mobile device that tracks my route and time. This morning the weather was perfect as the sun was starting to rise. It was a beautiful day for a run, and I knew my pace would be faster than usual, so I looked forward to seeing my actual time on the app at the end of the run. When I arrived back home and checked the app, however, I was disappointed to see that it stopped working sometime during the run.

This is a small, inconsequential example of a stark fact of this life and world: Technology can sometimes fail us. The things of this world sometimes don’t come through when we need them. And yes, sometimes even people fail us.

Some of the hardest times of life occur when someone lets us down—or worse yet, betrays or even leaves us. In those moments, we can feel utterly alone and heartbroken. We can also be tempted to blame God for allowing bad things to happen to us. 

There have been times in my life when I have felt betrayed and emotionally wounded by the decisions and actions of people I trusted and even loved. Those times were “forked-road” moments when I had to choose to continue to walk by faith down the path of trusting God instead of walking away from Him. Years later, as I reflect on those times, I see a much bigger reality at work in my life—God has always been faithful to me.

Faithfulness is defined by words such as loyal, reliable, and dependable. It is exemplified by phrases like steadfast in allegiance, and true to one’s word. God IS the very definition of faithfulness!

There are dozens of verses in the Bible that specifically speak of God’s faithfulness. Here is one example:

“Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps covenant and mercy with them who love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations” Deuteronomy 7:9

There are times when we need to trust and hang on to God and His promises even when we don’t understand or see answers to our struggles. It is when we look back after the storms of life that we understand God is faithful and dependable to carry us through hard days and bring us to a better place. The Apostle Paul put it this way:

“We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

God doesn’t always answer our prayer requests the way we want. When my oldest sister was diagnosed with cancer, we prayed for healing. God’s answer was to lead her to His eternal presence with the promise of a new, resurrected body that will never see disease again. 

Your situation may or may not be answered the exact way you desire, but God will never fail or forsake you! The Bible states that God’s ways are higher than ours. This Truth always remains: God’s love for you is unchangeable and unshakeable, and He will always be faithful—to do otherwise would be a denial of His very nature, which is impossible.

You can take God at His Word that He is always faithful. His faithfulness isn’t just for us, but also for the Church, and even the people who fail us.

Several years ago, I served at a church where an associate pastor made a poor moral choice that cost him his ministry position, nearly cost him his marriage, and wounded the Church. As the Church struggled through the shock of this situation, I was inspired to write the song “People Fail Us” as a reminder of God’s never-ending faithfulness to all of us. I’ve included the audio file of this song with this post, and the lyrics are included below. As the Church dealt with this tragic failing, this verse was instructive to many of us in our response:

“Brothers, if a man is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore such a one in the spirit of meekness, watching yourselves, lest you also be tempted. “Galatians 6:1

God’s faithfulness was displayed as the church healed and flourished. His faithfulness also was shown in the life of the former pastor, whom I had the privilege of spending time with as he underwent cancer treatment years later. He was a new man—restored and forgiven‑after going through a long healing process with God, his wife, and family. His countenance reflected a renewed heart and commitment to God, who faithfully stood with him through his failings and restoration.

So whether you’ve been hurt by someone else’s failure or you have failed God and people —as we all have done in little and big ways— God invites us to turn to Him and experience His Faithfulness

The “F’ of my God alphabet is this: God is our Faithful.

God bless you!

Chris Atkins

People Fail Us

Words and music by Christopher J. Atkins© 2001. All rights reserved.

(From the recording “Soul River” )

http://chrisatkins.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/People-Fail-Us.mp3

People fail us, and people fail God

And we’re left hurting, alone and confused

But God is faithful; He’ll never betray us

And He’ll never leave us standing alone

He’ll never leave us standing alone

In the wake of the storm, we see wreckage and loss

The how and the why we just don’t understand

Lord, be in this time when we’re shaken and torn

To hold us in Your faithful hand.

People fail us, but God won’t fail us

He’ll see us through the storm and all the way home

Yes, God is faithful, He’ll never betray us

He’ll never leave us standing alone

He’ll never leave us standing alone

We all need forgiveness; no one is perfect

We all need His love to survive and be strong

Lord, help us through the storm, and reach beyond ourselves

And move on when someone’s done us wrong.

Yes, God is faithful, He’ll never betray us

And He’ll never leave us standing alone

He’ll never leave us standing alone

When you walk through times in life that you just don’t understand

Remember that God will never leave you

So take hold of His hand.

God is faithful; God is faithful

He’ll see you through the storm and all the way home

Yes, God is faithful, He’ll never betray us

And He’ll never leave us standing alone