How faithful do you think you have to be in order for God show you his faithfulness? Let me rock your world…you don’t need to be faithful at all. What?! Yes, God is faithful even when you’re not. Want proof?
Every system of morality is about man trying to reach God with his discipline and good works, but in Christianity, God came down to where we were to lift us up to where He is! -Joseph Prince
Shocking Truth That Will Free You From Performing & Trying to Be Perfect:
You can be blessed by God’s goodness even when you’re not good!
Oh, you didn’t shout amen?!
Afraid it’s not true?
Afraid you’re pastor won’t agree?
Here’s how the Bible puts it, let’s see if you’ll believe God’s Word over the words of others…
Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
How was Abraham made righteous?
By his hard work? By his good deeds? By his honesty? Umm…that surely wouldn’t be the case. He lied that Sarah was his wife more than once!
He was made righteous by his FAITH in God. NOT his own faithfulness.
And how many sermons have you heard that have pitched the idea that complaining will keep you out of the promised land? Or that complaining will keep you from receiving the things God has for you?
As we know, the Israelites were major complainers and pains in God’s you-know-what!
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying “I have heard the complaints of the children of Israel. Speak to them, saying, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. And you shall know that I am the Lord your God. – Exodus 16:11-12
Don’t ya love it? That’s a picture of pure grace! Here are the Israelites wining and complaining, not a bit grateful, yet God still supplies for them – giving them what they need to eat morning and night.
And He says, you’re going to know that I am the Lord your God. In other words, you’re going to know I’m taking care of you. I’m faithful, even though you’re not.
Even though they still had some complaining to do…
Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? -Exodus 14:11
How gutsy is that? Yet, did God punish them for complaining? For having a cow? For maintaining a bad attitude?
No. In fact, he saved them in a spectacular way by opening up the Red Sea as an escape route. The Israelites totally blindsided their enemy as they were in hot pursuit of them.
After they crossed over to the other side of the Red Sea, they complained some more.
And a little more.
And a lot more.
Yet God still gave them miracles, provisions, and protection.
Did God withdraw his faithfulness to them? Keep them from receiving what they needed?
No, God even rained bread from heaven to feed them. In the midst of their murmuring God was good to them!
Want to know why God was faithful even though they weren’t?
Because all of these events occurred before the Ten Commandments (the law) was given. This means the Israelites were living under grace. Living under grace is a beautiful thing.
It means that grace covered their sins, and gave them access to all of the blessings and provisions that they needed. All because of God’s goodness, not theirs.
God gave them everything they needed and more – not because they were good. But because God was.
And guess what? TODAY you are under the new covenant of gace and that means that God will be good to you and will favor you even if you complain, even if you’re not as thankful as you could be, even if you don’t serve like you could, or give to others like you could.
How cool is that? Aren’t you grateful?
I can’t do enough to deserve God’s blessings. Galatians 3:3 says, …Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?
Answer: No, you can’t be perfect enough in your flesh.
You can’t gain salvation through your goodness or your good works, so don’t think those things will buy you the blessings you need either. Look at what Paul wrote in Galatians 1:6-7:
I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ.
Want another piece of evidence that shows your works don’t count as faithfulness? Here’s Romans 4:5-8:
But people are declared righteous because of their faith, not because of their work. King David spoke of this, describing the happiness of an undeserving sinner who is declared to be righteous: “Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose sin is no longer counted against them by the Lord. Romans 4:5-8
It’s about faith – not faithfulness (not works, not right living, not your sacrifice).
I’m so glad he is faithful even when I’m not.
If you’re in the same boat with me, leave a comment below and let us know you’re thankful for his grace. And share this post if it meant something to you. You’ve got friends who need to read it!