2 Timothy 2:13 ~If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself. (NKJV; emphasis mine)
This is one of the most comforting verses in Scripture. Think about it…
God’s faithfulness does not depend on my faithfulness. God is the ultimate in faithfulness. His character is perfect so by default, perfectly faithful. It is His nature.
That’s what it means by “He cannot deny Himself”. God can no more be unfaithful than the sun can be dark or man can be perfect. God cannot deny what He innately is… and He is faithful.
When we don’t prove to be faithful, God still is. And praise the Lord He is or we would be in big trouble on all levels of our lives both daily, and long term. If God’s faithfulness depended on my faithfulness, then I would have no hope for either short term happiness or long term fulfillment.
Does that mean it doesn’t matter if I am faithful? Of course not. God demands faithfulness from us. Without faith, it is impossible to please Him. But that’s different than saying “God’s faithfulness depends on my faithfulness.” Heavens no.
- God is faithful to His Word regardless of my faith.
- God is faithful to His promises regardless of my faith.
- God is faithful to His plans regardless of my faith.
- God is faithful to His own desires regardless of my faith.
While we struggle, pray and do our very best (in obedience to God’s clear command) to have faith and exercise faith, we have the comfort of knowing that even in our weak, faithless times, God is still faithful.
A Bigger Message
There’s a bigger principle here. It’s not just faith. The idea is that God’s actions, will and plans are NOT dependent on faulty humans. You can replace “faithless” with all sorts of things:
If we are [faithless, merciless, hopeless, courage-less, trust-less, action-less, belief-less],
He remains [faithful, full of mercy, a source of hope, our strength, our security, our power to believe].
He cannot deny Himself.
God’s unchangeable character is not dependent on man. This flies in the face of some modern “spiritual laws teaching” that diminishes God by claiming “His hands are tied” if man doesn’t say the right things or “have enough faith”. Do not drag God down to a dependency on man, EVER, in any way… how much security and hope is lost when we elevate ourselves and lower God by conditioning God’s sovereignty on our words or faith. May it NEVER BE!
No beloved… God is faithful even when we cannot muster faith. God’s will be done even when man does not believe, does not act and does not trust.
This in no way diminishes God’s command for us to have faith or our responsibility to exercise and live by faith. To the contrary, it gives us more reason to exercise faith knowing that even when our sin-cursed flesh thwarts OUR faith, GOD’s faith is unwavering, steadfast, trustworthy and secure.
- In what areas of your life do you find your faith wavering? Do you still trust in God’s faithfulness?
- Can your faith grow stronger if you have the security of knowing God is still faithful regardless of you?
Lamentations 3:22–23 ~Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. (NKJV; emphasis mine)
What are your questions for me?