I remember when I first heard the new Zion record from Hillsong United, I was in a particularly bad funk. It’s hard to describe the effect that first hearing the song Oceans had on me. It blew me away entirely as a declaration of God’s faithfulness and ministered to me where I was at. One line seared itself into my mind as though placed there with a branding iron: “You’ve never failed and You won’t start now.”
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now
– Oceans, Hillsong United
I love it, it’s such a simple and frank statement of truth. If I look back over life, God has never failed me. He may have sometimes not given the answer I wanted, but the truth is? He always comes through. If we step out in faith then He is not going to let us fail. Something that I am starting to learn in life is that when something goes wrong? I’m going to see God’s faithfulness. When I’m stressed out of my head? I’m going to see God’s faithfulness. When I have convinced myself that a negative outcome is coming? I’m about to see God’s faithfulness. When there is nothing left I can do to help myself? Yeah, you get the picture, God’s faithfulness will show itself.
Something happened earlier in the week, it was nothing major but the kind of thing that would usually set my mind to wobbling as it decided that everything that could go wrong would go wrong. This time, however, that didn’t happen; I shrugged, smiled to myself, and started to wonder how God would show His faithfulness in it. The first thing that came to mind wasn’t the worst case scenario but the many times when God has already been in the process of delivering the answer before I’ve even realised the problem exists. I can trust God, because He truly has never failed and won’t start now.
One of the key verses for me in understanding who God is and why He is faithful has been 2 Timothy 2:13; I blogged about it last summer in an entry entitled Faithful. It’s such a simple little verse but it explains such a massive part of who God is. It’s what I like to call a life verse; it has stuck with me and is a constant source of strength and encouragement.
“If we are faithless, he remains faithful—
for he cannot deny himself.”
– 2 Timothy 2:13 (ESV)
Have you ever wondered what He is being faithful to? Because for my part I know that I can’t measure up. I try. That’s literally all I can say. If this is dependant on me giving God something to be faithful to then I’ve probably failed. I try to live a faithful life and that’s a good thing, but I know inside that I could never be faithful enough to merit the faithfulness He shows. He goes over and above, without fail, and with a regularity that makes my head spin.
Why do I know that God will never fail me? Because it’s not me He’s being faithful too, it’s Himself. God is justice, mercy, love, forgiveness, hope, peace, and He will continue to be all of those things regardless of anything I can attain or achieve. When we start to think of God’s faithfulness as something He gives rather than something we can earn, we realise how exciting life is. We can’t lose because He is already working on our behalf to make sure all is for our good.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
– Romans 8:28 (NLT)
This is why Paul could write such amazing things about God’s faithfulness while sitting in a prison cell; this is why he could say “for to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain”. He’d found that God’s faithfulness was unfailing. No matter what happened to him God was going to show His faithfulness. He could not lose.
I’ve lived all my adult life with a variety of worries and cares but what if I could just permanently realise that God already has everything in hand? How would it change our lives if we lived knowing that God will never fail us? How much would our faith levels rise if we could really grasp the fact that He is unfailing and unchanging? What if as both individuals and the church we could see that in everything we do and everything we face God is preparing to show His faithfulness?
We need to be people with a heart level revelation of the fact that God never fails. It’s not enough just to know if intellectually from reading the bible, we need to know it from experience and have a knowledge of it that goes far deeper than our minds. It’s exciting to know that we’re going to see God’s faithfulness in all things, and that the story of our lives is still being written by Him with our welfare in mind. He is truly working all things together for good.