Faith Full 

Faith, n. 1. complete trust or confidence in someone or something, 2. strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof 

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 KJV

As believers, we throw around the word “faith” a lot. We had to have it to believe in the first place, and the Bible says it’s impossible to please God without it. Faith.

But last night at church we were discussing the attributes of God, one of which is that He’s faithful. We even sang “He is Faithful” by Jesus Culture. Faithful. The word was stuck in my brain as I considered the full scope of its meaning.

Faithful. Faith…. Full. Full of faith. We talk about growing in our faith. Modeling faith for our kids. Increasing in faith. But God is already faithful.

Faithful, adj. Full of faith. Steadfast in affection or allegiance. Firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty. 

To be honest, I never really connected those words: faith and faithful. See, for me, faith is a path I’m on. Every day I’m learning more and more to believe and “see” His working in my spiritual life, even when I can’t see with my physical eyes. Faith. When I think about God’s faithfulness, I never consider the root word of “faith” as being anything like the path of “faith” I’m on. You know? I think of the word “faithful” in reference to God, and I think that He’s constant. Never changing. Always there, listening to my prayers, and seeing me, hearing me, knowing me. And all of that is TRUE.

AND.

He’s FAITHful. God has faith? What does God need faith for? He already sees EVERYTHING in the spiritual and in the natural. He knows the end from the beginning. He is the I AM. And He’s full of faith.

For me.

He believes for me. He sees more in me than I see in myself. He has faith for me. Jesus prays for me. {John 17:20-23} He is unwavering in His belief that I will grow, that I’ll continue to learn and seek Him. That I’ll choose to see His love in every detail of my life. Even when I fail Him, He is still faithful. {2 Tim. 2:13}

See, God’s faithfulness isn’t just arbitrary: it’s who He is. He’s been “steadfast in affection” toward His creation since before Adam sinned. But that’s just the thing–faithfulness requires an object of the affection or allegiance. And we, my friend, are the objects of His affection. WE are the ones for whom He is full of faith!

If you have read this far, and you are not a believer, rest assured that this truth applies to you just as much as it applies to those of us who believe. His Son, given as the sacrifice for the sins of the entire world, for every generation–was a sign of faith–in hopes that one day YOU (yes, you!) would know, understand, and believe. His faithfulness is an olive branch extended to your heart, a hand outstretched, offering His love and affection. It’s unwavering for you—waiting patiently. His kindness draws us to Him. He’s full of hope and faith for you, friend. Can you hear Him whispering His love to your heart?

God’s faithfulness means:

He won’t give up on me. {2 Peter 3:9}

He thinks about me. {Psalm 139:17-18}

He sees me as the object of His affection. {Psalm 36:5-7}

He will never change His mind about me. {James 1:17}

Soak it in. Believe it. Receive it. And, in return, watch your faith begin to grow as you finally see the One Who is always faith-full.

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