Faithful Delivery

We see the lack of faithfulness in our culture all the time. A volunteer offers to help with a project but doesn’t show up. A salesman offers a special discount but forgets to tell about the fine print. A politician promises to put something into law but fails to follow through once elected. It’s the human flaw of being unfaithful.

Faithfulness means to be true to one’s word, to keep a promise. When someone is faithful, they do exactly what they say they will do. Man fails at this consistently, but God always does what He says He will do. In fact, even one of His titles is Faithful. And unlike people, He has full power to get it done. Nothing regarding integrity or ability is too hard for Him.

And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war (Revelation 19:11).

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23). 

Sometimes situations in our lives make it appear that God’s not going to do what He promised to do, or that it’s just too difficult to solve. We may have asked God to heal our bodies, supply a financial need, or simply give us the desires of our hearts. Yet as time passes, it may seem like He’s not faithfully answering our prayers—at least not in the timing we want. In times like these, it’s important to remember 1 John 5:14-15:

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

God’s promise of hearing and answering is much like an order placed online. The moment we place an order—or pray—God sends a message to the warehouse to load up our merchandise with our name on it. Our orders in life may not always show up for our eyes to see right away. God may send the answer by fax or email. He may choose to send it overnight by a FedEx jet. Or He may choose to make the delivery by snail mail. his is His choice in timing. Or, the devil may try to hinder the delivery by influencing people or attacking our situation directly with demonic forces (Daniel 10:11). Regardless of the speed of delivery, the item is still ours. We must not question its existence or our ownership of it. We must maintain a faith-filled heart and expectantly wait for the package’s arrival.

There’s a time and a season for everything . . . including when our petition arrives for our eyes to see (Ecclesiastes 3:1). God, perfect in His judgment, will never hurt us by sending the answer when the time isn’t right. He may have some people and situations to organize first. He may need us to grow in order be able to receive it. He may require us to exercise our faith for a season before we see the answer with our natural eyes. He may expect us to resist the “wiles” of the devil that stand in the way (Ephesians 6:11). Whatever the case, it’s our decision whether we continue to trust His faithfulness, or abort faith by doubting His nature. 

We won’t receive anything from God by questioning His ability and faithfulness to fulfil His Word, however. This is a lack of faith (Hebrews 11:6). But if we choose to believe, no matter how long the wait, we will receive the promise. God rewards those who choose to believe that His promise to keep His Word is just as true as it was when the petition was made (Hebrews 6:12).

God, of course, wants to see us succeed as we wait on Him. He wants to see us receive in the natural what He has promised in the spiritual. He desires that we experience that “joy and peace in believing” that He has provided for us (Romans 15:13). He has a “perfect work” He wants to accomplish in and through us, but the only way we will see it is if we are committed to a lifestyle of patience (James 1:4). It’s a lifestyle of staying in constant readiness at the front door, expecting the delivery at any moment. It’s a decision to never give up, knowing the delivery truck is just around the corner. Unlike someone who doubts His faithfulness, we must refuse to leave our patient post lest when the delivery arrives, we’re not home to receive it. 

Additional Verses:

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23).

He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you,so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord (1 Corinthians 1:4-9).

The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; do not forsake the works of Your hands (Psalm 138:8).

By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised (Hebrews 11:11).

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen (Ephesians 3:20-21).

“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good (Numbers 23:19)?

He is the Lord our God; His judgments are in all the earth. He remembers His covenant forever, the word which He commanded, for a thousand generations… (Psalm 105:7-8)

Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word” (Jeremiah 1:11-13).

I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord (1 Corinthians 1:4-9).

For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us (2 Corinthians 1:20).

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