Proverbs 25: 12 – 14 (The Message)
“Reliable friends who do what they say
are like cool drinks in sweltering heat—refreshing!
14 Like billowing clouds that bring no rain
is the person who talks big but never produces.”
If there’s one thing I’ve heard over the past several years from my kids and my grandkids is the complaint about their friends backing out of arranged events. They had plans to go to a friend’s house for an evening, and things got cancelled at the last moment. I’ve also heard from people involved in various committees and leadership positions about how excited they are when they find volunteers who they can rely on. It looks from these verses written by Solomon that this is an issue that goes waaaay back.
As Christ followers, I think we should look to God for our example about faithfulness. Isn’t faithfulness a prime characteristic of God? Can we count on him? God who created this universe loved us enough to put aside his ultimate power and live a simple life on earth as a carpenter’s son, and then as a travelling teacher – isn’t that incredible? Talk about faithfulness. When Jesus faced the crucifixion and prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, did he decide to abandon his mission? He actually sweat drops of blood because he was so stressed, but still went ahead with the plan. Talk about faithfulness.
God is so faithful in many ways. The Psalmist, David, tells us in glowing terms:
Psalm 36: 5 “Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.”
Psalm 86: 15 “But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.”
God is faithful to us personally. When we come to him admitting our sin, he will forgive us and accept us as his own child.
1 John 1: 9 “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”
1 Corinthians 1: 9 “He is faithful to do what he says, and he has invited you into partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
God also promises that he will be with us as we go through life and face difficult situations and temptations. He will help us to grow with the Holy Spirit’s help to be those faithful people ourselves.
1 Corinthians 10: 13 “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”
Galatians 5: 22 “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.”
We are not perfect, and I am very aware of the times when I’ve promised something and then backed out. But Solomon’s advice about keeping our word is something to really think about. As Christ followers, we want to become more like Jesus as our lives go on. Faithful.
A person who keeps their word is “like cool drinks in sweltering heat—refreshing!”
Our song for today is Great Is Thy Faithfulness by Maranatha! Music