People often have different views when it comes to being faithful.
Some people are faithful until something happens that disappoints them. Others are faithful until something doesn’t turn out the way they thought it would. However, faithfulness is just what God said it is – it’s sticking to Him and His Word no matter what happens. A lot of people in the Body of Christ have never made that commitment. They just take it one day at a time and say, “Let’s see how it turns out. We don’t really want to make a commitment until we see if God is going to supply our need or provide that car.” But to be faithful, you have to make a commitment and back it with your life.
There is no such thing as overflow to the person who is not deeply committed. Proverbs 28:20 says, “A faithful man shall abound with blessings…” Show me a scripture where the quitter will abound. There is not one. You may say, “Well, I’ve been tithing three weeks, so I’m faithful.” Anyone can do something for three weeks. Let’s see what you are doing after three years. Let’s see what you are doing after 30 years. Faithfulness is not measured over a few weeks. Faithfulness is measured over time.
You may say, “How do I develop unwavering faith? It takes a revelation of God’s faithfulness to become faithful. If you go through the Bible, you will find stories where God’s people were facing impossible odds, but God promised to deliver them and He always came through for them. Watch Him do it time and time again, and it will inspire and energize your faith in the faithfulness of God.
Second Samuel 5 tells the story of David on the day he was anointed king of Israel. The Bible says the Philistines heard about it and gathered against him. In the natural it was an impossible task for David and his army to defeat the entire army of the Philistines and David knew it. So, what did David do? He went to God and said, “Do You want me to pursue them?”
God said, Yes.
David then asked, “Can I count on You to deliver them into my hand?”
And God answered Yes.
So, David and his army met the Philistine army on the battlefields in the Valley of Rephaim and God came through just like He said He would. It was such a marvelous victory, and it impressed David so, that he named the battlefield “Lord of the breaking through” as a memorial to God and His faithfulness.
When I read stories like that it builds my faith. I know when I am facing impossible odds, the same God who proved His faithfulness to David will prove His faithfulness to me. And He has for 63 years. If there is one thing I have discovered about God in my relationship with Him, it’s that He is faithful. He has never disappointed me, and He has never let me down. I can’t say that He’s always showed up in the time frame I would have liked Him to, but the bottom line is: He did show up. I have a friend who says, “God wears a wristwatch, but it doesn’t have hour, minute or second hands. God’s watch reads due season.”
In Psalm 23 David says, “The Lord is my shepherd.” A shepherd is one who feeds, sustains, protects, guides and provides. But he is also your unfailing companion. David spoke these words late in life, after he’d had a long relationship with God. He spoke from experience. In other words, this was no novice talking. It was someone who had walked with God over a period of a lifetime. And when he says God is faithful, it carries a lot of weight.
If you get a revelation of the love of God and His faithfulness, defeat will become a thing of the past. Deuteronomy 7:9 says, “Know therefore that the Lord your God, he is God, the faithful God, which keeps covenant….” Based on that scripture, you could say that God was the original promise keeper.
I have come across a number of people over the years that I thought were faithful. But when the heat was on, and when the crisis came, they were willing to let go of the Word. Many of them became offended at God.
That is the bottom line of every attack we experience. Every attack the devil has launched at you is an attempt to get you offended at God. I know people who seemed to have all the characteristics of being faithful until they lost their job, lost their business or lost a loved one, and then they blamed God. The next thing you know, they don’t want to have anything to do with God because they are offended at Him. But remember faithfulness is sticking with God no matter what happens.
“You mean no matter what happens, Ms. Mercedes? That’s right. No matter what happens. ”You mean if I don’t get healed?” If you don’t get healed. “You mean if my financial need isn’t met?” If it doesn’t get met. “If it looks like it’s never going to work?” Yes, even if it looks like it’s never going to work. With that kind of commitment, it will work. It may not work in your time frame, but it will come to pass. It may not turn out exactly how you thought it would, but God will honor His Word.
Besides, why would you want to give up now? Where would you go? The God you serve has delivered you from a devil’s hell, healed your body and restored your marriage. He has put food on your table; given you the table to put food on; given you a house; given you a car and given you the clothes on your back. Where else would you turn? Who else loves you that much? Who else can provide for you like that? There are no other gods that can do what our God can do. That is the reason He is called the Most High God.
Hebrews 10:38 says, “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.” Draw back is just another way of saying “waver, compromise or quit.” And the author of Hebrews makes it very clear where he stands. Verse 39 says, “But we are not of them who draw back….” In other words, “I’ve made my commitment and I am not of them who draws back. I am not of them who give up, I am not of them who get offended at God because things didn’t turn out the way I thought they would. I am not of them. I’ve drawn the line in the sand.”
When you make the decision to stay faithful to a faithful God, just watch how He blesses you. He will reward you greatly and cause you to increase in wealth, honor and favor. That’s overflow!