… if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.
2 Timothy 2:13 NIV
God Stays Faithful
While Anglicans consolidated their hold on the upper classes in the 19th century, workingmen and farmers responded to the Methodist revivals, often sponsored by visiting preachers from the United States. Typical was Rev. James Caughey, an American sent by the Wesleyan Methodist Church from the 1840s through 1864. He brought in the converts by the score, most notably in the revivals in Western Canada from 1851 to 1853, calling Canadians to be faithful to Jesus Christ and to a life of holiness and purity.
People are so fickle. We too often let ourselves and others down. Despite our greatest determination to keep promises and vows, our own selfish needs too often get in the way. There is a reason – by nature we are sinful and self-centred and so easily give in to our own desires. What a contrast to the nature of our God. Paul the apostle recognizes the contrast in 2 Timothy 2:13: “…if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” There is no doubt that we are faithless. Every one of us has had times in our lives when we haven’t trusted God as we should. There have been times when we’ve let God down and disappointed others. But God cannot. We are by nature sinful. He is by nature faithful. So, it is simply impossible for God to not be faithful. As Paul says, God cannot disown Himself. This means you can trust Him completely and trust the promises He has made in His word. What God says, He does. Take time today to read God’s word and every time you read a promise, stand on it – God cannot disown Himself.
These have been words from the heart.