The faithfulness of God is one of the overwhelming doctrines of the Scriptures. God, we may say, is eternally devoted to his creation. But as we examine the biblical record, we understand that God is not mindlessly, thoughtlessly, foolishly, or even unconditionally devoted to his creation. He is committed to us in the right way, and under the right conditions. He loves us with an everlasting love, but his commitment to us falls within the appropriate boundaries of our relationship to God through saving faith in Jesus Christ. Thus the Bible can tell us both, “For God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten Son…” and, “The Lord tests the righteous, But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.” (Psalm 11:5).
So God’s relationship to his creation is one of both acceptance and rejection. To those who wait upon the Lord, he shall indeed renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. But for those who at some level reject God in Christ, there is a very real sense of hopelessness.
We consider this topic this morning because as we come into the new year, we think much about our obligations and purpose. Why has God put us here on earth? What is his purpose, and what should our purpose be? How do our personal commitments reflect our understanding of his purpose in our lives?
Furthermore, what are God’s purposes for us as a church, and how do our commitments reflecting our understanding of his purposes? In other words, are we committed to doing what we ought to be doing? I believe these are fundamental questions to our experience as Christians, and we must carefully answer them this morning.
One of the most frustrating things in life, both to man and God, is an unfaithful person: Psalm 12:1 Help, Lord, for the godly man ceases! For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men. Proverbs 25:19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble Is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint. So our theme this year is “Faithful God, Faithful People,” as we as a church strive to mature to the point of constantly depending on God, and consistently being dependable for God.