Merriam-Webster provides layers of definitions for the word “faithful.” Faithful means steadfast in allegiance, loyal, firm in adherence to promises, conscientious, given with strong assurance, and true to the facts, a standard, or to an original.
The Scriptures are replete with references to how abundantly faithful our God is. So when He promises to supply all our needs (Philippians 4:19), to work all things for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28), to stand by us and give us strength (1 Timothy 4:17), or to never leave or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:8; Hebrews 13:5) we can trust that the One who promises is truly faithful. If we learn to weigh God’s faithfulness against any trial that would threaten to overtake us, we begin to understand how it is possible to “consider it pure joy” when we face trials of many kinds. Each and every trial presents a fresh opportunity for us to see the Lord glorify Himself, provides us with a new testimony about our faithful God to share with others, and builds our enduring faith for the next day and the next.
His faithfulness is our shield (Psalm 91:4). Knowing that the Father’s faithfulness is absolutely perfect, how can we possibly make room for fear, doubt, lack, or despair in our lives? Whoever trusts in the Lord is safe (Proverbs 29:25)! As His beloved, our response to His unfailing faithfulness must be saturated with incredible joy, deep peace, unwavering hope, tremendous thanksgiving, and confident trust that we are well protected from all harm by His faithfulness. Let nothing hold you back from hiding your every care in His heart and stepping back to see what He will do in response if you will allow Him to. How great is His faithfulness!