The key to maintaining our spiritual lives is to be endurance runners, and not sprinters. Sometimes I struggle with consistency in my faith. I’ll be really on fire for God for a few weeks, and then I’ll go back to my own comfortable routine without looking to Him. The reason why remaining consistent is so hard for me is because I try to do it on my own. Instead of leaning on God and relying on Him to bring growth to my life, I try and grow on my own. When we only trust our own abilities, we are setting ourselves up to fail like all humans do. However, when we place our trust and our faith in God, He fills our lives abundantly.
1) God is our definition of faithfulness.
We see God’s faithfulness illustrated throughout the entirety of the Bible. My favorite Old Testament example is God’s faithfulness to Joshua. After Moses died, Joshua became the leader of the Israelites and was told to lead them to the Promised Land. So first, Joshua was called to succeed one of the most important Bible figures in history, and then God told him to lead hundreds of people across the flooding Jordan River Joshua must’ve felt anxious and scared—anyone would have. However, God promises Joshua time and time again that He will be by his side. Every time God gave Joshua instructions, even if they were bold and outrageous, Joshua was quick to follow them. Because of his obedience and God’s faithfulness, Joshua became one of the most prominent military leaders of the Bible.
In Joshua 10, the Israelites battle the armies of five Amorite kings at Gibeon. Outnumbered, Joshua makes a prayer to God to make the sun stop so he had more time to defeat them. Faithful to Joshua, God made the sun stop over Gibeon until Israel defeated its enemies.
2) Being faithful to God means giving it all to Him.
Joshua remained obedient to God and God never left Joshua’s side. This is the perfect image of how our relationships with God should be. Being faithful to God means obeying His word and trusting that He will work things out for our good, even if the outcome doesn’t look favorable.
“But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).
In my own life, I have struggled with obedience. My spiritual journey has required me to cut people out of my life who aren’t conducive to my growth. For a long time, I tried to convince myself that I could let God impact some parts of my life, but keep my relationships for myself. I would act like one person with my non-believer friends, but like another person while I was at church. However, I’ve learned the hard way that separating our “spiritual lives” and our “real lives” doesn’t help us to grow with God, but instead pushes us away from Him. Building a strong relationship with God means placing all our faith in Him and letting Him pervade our entire lives, not just the little parts we want Him to. After a long period of denial, I cut some of those people out of my life. At first, I was torn apart and was honestly a hot mess. I didn’t understand how giving up some of my closest friends was supposed to help me. But in the period after, I noticed God constantly showing up in my life and assuring me that I was doing the right thing.
“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do” (James 1:5-8).
While our tendency is to let God take control of little parts of our lives, a strong relationship with God means putting all of our faith in Him. When we look in the Word, we see that God keeps His promises and remains faithful through all circumstances. When we do the same and are faithful to Him, He begins to produce fruit in our lives and fills them abundantly. God bless & sleep easy, fam.
SUMMING IT ALL UP:
1) God is our definition of faithfulness.
2) Being faithful to God requires that we give it all to Him.