Faith and Faithfulness: Some Things Never Change
Things change. It seems that things change faster and faster these days as knowledge and technology expand exponentially.
But there is at least one thing that never changes.
For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. — Psalm 100:5, ESV
Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast. — Psalm 119:90, ESV
For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD! — Psalm 117:2, ESV
Music, fashion, and technology change, but God’s faithfulness never changes.
What is Faithfulness?
Faithful = “full of faith”
Faith = “trust”
Trust = something true
We trust people when they tell us the truth over an extended period of time. When someone habitually lies to us, we don’t trust them. Someone who is faithful is a perfect promise keeper and full of truth.
In Revelation, Jesus is described as, “faithful and true.” Jesus said, “I am the truth.”
A Good Man Leaves an Inheritance
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous. — Proverbs 13:22, ESV
Your life affects generations.
Your sin affects generations.
Your righteous living affects generations.
Your life can either be a stepping stone or a stumbling block for the next generation. An inheritance isn’t just about money. You can give your children and grandchildren an inheritance of faith, godly living, integrity, etc.
I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you. This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. — 2 Timothy 1:5-6, NLT
We can and should pass on our faith and our testimonies of God’s faithfulness to the next generations. We cannot make our kids have faith in God, but we can make sure they know about God’s faithfulness to us.
David’s godly legacy impacted generations:
- 11 years after David’s death -You have kept your promise to your servant David, my father. You made that promise with your own mouth, and with your own hands you have fulfilled it today. — 2 Chronicles 6:16, ESV
- 57 years after David’s death -And he walked in all the sins that his father did before him, and his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father. Nevertheless, for David’s sake the Lord his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, setting up his son after him, and establishing Jerusalem, because David did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and did not turn aside from anything that he commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite. — 1 Kings 15:3-5
- 305 years after David’s death -For I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake and for the sake of my servant David. — 2 Kings 19:34
Declaring His Faithfulness from One Generation
One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. — Psalm 145:4, ESV
We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. — Psalm 78:4, ESV
It is the responsibility of the older generation to share the testimonies of God’s faithfulness, and the responsibility of the younger generations to ask for the stories, listen to the stories, and decide what they believe.
Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord. — Psalm 102:18
Faith is the Correct Response to Faithfulness
When we encounter someone who is faithful, the correct/natural response is faith. When we know someone is trustworthy, we trust them.
Israel has a problem, and we do the same thing too often—not that we choose to stop trusting God, but we forget that he is faithful.
… they forgot his works and the wonders he had shown them. — Psalm 78:11
When Israel traveled through the wilderness, they frequently forgot the truth about Egypt and about God’s goodness toward them. So when they crossed the Jordan, God had a plan to ensure that they—and the next generation—would not forget his faithfulness.
And he said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up for us until we passed over, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.” — Joshua 4:21-24, ESV
Do It Again
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