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Thu, Apr. 28th, 2005, 09:03 am
lil_blue_monkey: Steadfast Trust in God

Revelation 2:10

Don't be afraid of what you are about to suffer. Look, the Devil is about to throw some of you into prison to test you, and you will have tribulation for 10 days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.

God is extremely faithful (Lamentations 3:22-23). He is dedicated to all His children. God is praised throughout the Bible for His amazing faithfulness. But the Bible also challenges believers to develop faithfulness in our lives.

Faithfulness is a manifestation of the Fruits of the Spirit that encompasses loyalty and trustworthiness. We, as believers, are challenged to maintain steadfast trust in the Lord through everything. Unfailing faith of a follower of Christ will be rewarded for all eternity (Revelation 2:10).

But faithfulness is also extremely descriptive of God’s ongoing relationship to the world and believers’ desired relationship to God and others. There are four major references to believers’ faithfulness in the Bible:
Moses: The faith of Moses is recounted in Hebrews 11:23-29. This selection retells how Moses was protected by his parents’ faithful actions after his birth and how God protected both Moses and the Exiles through their struggles because of their faith.

Ruth: The faith of Ruth is recounted throughout the Book of Ruth, but is most strongly apparent in Ruth 1:16-17. She kept her faith through the huge loss of not only her husband, but also his father and brother. She took faith that God would protect her as she abandoned her heritage and went with her mother-in-law to Bethlehem. She knew this meant living the rest of her life as a foreigner, but had faith that God would protect her.

The early followers: The early church was also faithful through persecution. The faithfulness of God’s people is recounted in Acts 8 as Saul began his persecution of them.

Paul: Paul summed up his faithfulness in minister in 2 Timothy 4:6-8. Here, knowing that his death was near, he portrays his ministry as an offering to the Lord. He also describes his death as a final sacrifice that would be rewarded by God.

Faithfulness to ourselves results from faith in God and precedes faithfulness to others. Steadfast loyalty and unwavering trust are both considered essential for personal and spiritual growth.