Faithful in a World that is Faithless
Faithlessness. Tabloids, television shows, movies, and books are filled to the brim with this topic. Whole reality and fictional shows are devoted to people being unfaithful to one another. Our idols are steeped knee-deep in it. And the saddest part is that the media, and subsequently the audience (us), gobbles up spoonfuls of it. We’re gleeful at the thought of someone else’s faithlessness. Why?
Faith in the modern world is lacking. Hallmark actually has a card that reads, “I can’t promise you forever, but I can promise you today.” And for many, that’s about as faithful as they can get. What has this kind of faithlessness done to us as a people? Well, it’s caused a huge amount of cynicism. We don’t trust anyone at their word. We watch our political leaders with skepticism, we approach business transactions with trepidation, and we enter relationships with one foot already out the door. Our faithlessness thwarts our ability to truly be present in a real relationship with anyone.
It’s the same with God. I was talking to a woman the other day who told me she always had a hard time “giving it all up to God.” “What if his interests are not the same as mine? What if his direction is North, while mine is South?”
That’s a hard one to wrestle with and, unfortunately, it’s a challenge that comes and goes for all of us. God made us free agents, but He also showed us a distinct and obvious way to fellowship with Him. He then gave us the choice of which way to go. Sometimes, our desires and ambitions are not quite in alignment with His. When this happens, we only feel confused and jumbled.
This is where faith comes into play. God has faith that we’ll choose the right path, and we must foster faith that His path is in our best interest (even when it feels like it’s not).
Faithfulness is a Fruit of the Spirit
When you have faith in God and others, it is evident and magnetic. The more you willingly yield to His guidance, the less fickle you’ll be in relationships and business, and the less vulnerable you’ll be to discouragement and temptation. Others will find you reliable, trustworthy, and steadfast and will flock to be in association with you in both personal and professional environments.
So, don’t get tangled in the world’s skewed vision of faithfulness. Rather, trust in God, trust in yourself and give your trust to others. This Fruit of the Spirit will fill you tenfold.
THE LORD IS GOOD AND HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER; HIS FAITHFULNESS CONTINUES THROUGH ALL GENERATIONS.