Faithfulness of God
I took time this week to attempt an honest evaluation of my own dependability. Here’s what I found. I was late for work and had a punctual office team waiting patiently for me. I misled my teenage granddaughter with a wrong answer on her high school history test. Her grade is precarious. While I am a responsible dog owner, I failed to pick up after my dog because it was 6 am and inconvenient at the moment. I missed some of my daily prayer times. I was late putting the Sunday information on our church sign. I bailed on a morning coffee time with area pastors because it was early morning and my schedule was crammed. I went 6 days without shaving. I betrayed my loyalty to the Roughriders and faked enthusiasm for the Blue-bombers. All of that in just this week! I’m sure I failed to remember every instance of my inconsistency, which means I can’t even be depended upon to measure my lack of dependability! In fact, I may be deluding myself and avoiding greater instances of shortcomings to protect my ego. I offer no defence for these infractions other than my imperfect humanity.
We applaud the value of faithfulness and reach for it in heart and home, in our work and world. But in every day and in every one, there are shadows and shades of failure. The dictionary defines “faithfulness” as being steadfast, unfailing, true and dependable. It’s being completely trustworthy and consistent in relationships and responsibilities. However, our understanding of “faithfulness” is not shaped by the dictionary, but by our God. God has all these qualities and more. His faithfulness cannot be exaggerated. We see in God what we can’t find in ourselves. We trust in God for what we can’t fully trust in ourselves or one another. We lean upon God for what we need in our relationships and responsibilities. We who are less than faithful worship the absolute Faithful One.
Here is the irony. Since we ourselves are unfaithful in some measure or form, we are amply qualified to praise the faithfulness of God. It is the hungry who praise the chef. It is the pauper who applauds benevolence. Those who are sinners understand the beauty of holiness. Those who struggle to be trustworthy and true worship the One who always is. So take your own dependability inventory for a week. Note your aspirations towards dependability and the myriad ways that you probably fall short. Then make a list of the ways that God has been faithful to you. The two lists will reflect plenty of space between them. Now fill that space with praise! Celebrate the fact that God is not like us! Celebrate the hope that He is shaping each of us into the image of His faithful Son.