“If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is.”
2 Timothy 2:13
It has just arrived, like clockwork.
Autumn with its shortened day length, dramatic foliage, and cooler temperatures, makes way for yet another change in the seasonal calendar – winter.
Soon, daytime temperatures will fall below the freezing mark, and the snows will blanket the earth like a wooly carpet for another six months.
Seasons. Day and night. Each follows the one before it, faithful to its function.
I’ve been reading bigger chunks of the Old Testament lately, getting an overview of how the Bible holds together and how the overarching story of redemptions flows through it all. It is a story of a good God who creates a beautiful earth and peoples it with a couple who literally walked with God in the garden.
And then whammo.
The people were unfaithful.
So God set up a promise – one of Adam and Eve’s descendants would come to conquer evil on their behalf.
And time and again, His people rebel.
He sets up a covenant with Noah – and it is broken. He chooses Abraham to become a nation who will bless the whole world – and he and his descendants just can’t seem to keep it all together.
They mess up.
They are faithless.
Yet God is faithful, and chooses to bless and honour humans who are so weak, so fallible.
And then Jesus appears.
He is a radical. He lives a sinless life among the people to show them how they should live.
And gets murdered for it.
But God, who remains faithful to His promises, raises Jesus from the dead, and promises that all who will believe in Him and His message will have the perfection of Jesus credited to them by faith.
We, who cannot be righteous, considered righteous because of the faithfulness of Jesus.
It’s beyond comprehension.
I would have given up on me long ago.
On us. On the faithless ones, we who scorn the gifts and promises of a good God because of who we are.
And because of who He is, God continues to honour His promises.
It makes me deeply awed at the grace and goodness of God to understand human history as a whole. It makes me realize how little I deserve the good gifts God has lavished on me. It makes me especially grateful for one quality of God’s personality that is so beautiful and revolutionary.
He is faithful.
Be awed and thankful with me?
Father, history is jam packed with stories of humans who broke your rules and covenants, and the heartache and fallout of their poor decisions. Yet time and again, You reached down to restore and gather us back. Thank You for Your faithfulness! Amen.