Exodus 34:6 The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”
In the last lesson we looked at God’s mercy and grace. We’ve already looked at His love. There’s another word here, though, that God uses to describe Himself: faithful. It’s not even just faithful; it’s abounding in faithfulness. There’s not just some love and faithfulness; it’s abounding, overflowing, more than you need. He’s not going to run out of faithfulness and give up.
Read this famous verse about the extent of His faithfulness.
2 Timothy 2:11-13 The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.
How does remaining faithful fit with Him denying us? What does it mean to be faithful? To be faithful means to be true to your word. You can be counted on. If you said it, it will be so. Read these verses and explain how God is being faithful when denying someone who has denied Him.
Matthew 10:32-33 So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
God must be faithful to His word or we wouldn’t be able to trust Him! If Jesus said it, then it must be so, even if it means being denied. God is just and will carry out a just reward for an action according to His faithful and sure word.
This lesson is about God being faithful and trustworthy, how we can count on His word to be true and Him to be true to His word; I wanted to point out, however, that Peter denied Jesus repeatedly, but is in heaven. God is all of Who He is all the time. He is a merciful God. He is faithful to His word about denial, but He’s also faithful to His word about forgiving us when we turn from our sins. Peter repented in tears and Jesus forgave him. God is just and merciful and loving and faithful. He is who He is, always.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
We can count on that always. God’s never going to change on us. He’s never going to stop loving or being good. He’s never going to stop being faithful to His word. He’s never going to stop being just and righteous. God is.
Lesson Point: We can trust God to be faithful and to keep His word, always.
Challenge Question: Are you denying Christ by anything you do or say? Ask Him to show you.