“Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.” Romans 12:3
Faithfulness is a gift from our Creator. It means fidelity, commitment, keeping only to the one you made covenant with. Are we then to measure ourselves not by our worldly success but by our commitment to our relationship with God? Does my life reflect Holy Spirit produced faithfulness?
What does faithfulness even look like? In my marriage, it looks like never even considering intimacy of any kind with another. Intimacy can be physical certainly, but it can also look like spending undue amounts of time with another, sharing your heart’s secrets with someone other than your covenant mate. And it could be anyone, even a close friend.
I am certainly physically committed to fidelity with Christ. I pray to and worship no other but the Trinity. But, am I sharing my deepest thoughts and concerns with Them first or do I phone a friend? When the day is beautiful and life is smooth sailing, do I remember to praise and express my gratitude to the One who made it so?
And especially when life is tough and I’ve messed up – again – and it’s raining – again – do I praise Him then and thank him for the lessons being learned no matter how difficult? How committed to Him receiving glory am I on those dark days? Am I more committed to the problems than to the One with the solution?
I marvel at the commitment my brother-in-law showed his wife during her battle with cancer. He said once he wouldn’t wish what they were going through on his worst enemy. And he stayed by her side – committed, faithful. There are numerous stories like his, of men and women I know who have had their faith tested by being the caregiver for their spouse.
Often, when times are tough my first thought is how fast can I get away from or out of or around the rough water. I want to be on the other side, smooth sailing again as quickly as possible. But more often than not, the shortest way to the other side is through the middle of the mess.
And it is in the murky, choppy ocean that we get to test and stretch our faith, God’s faithfulness. We stretch, reaching for the hand of our Savior. He stretches to bring us through.
“Oh God, don’t let me miss you trying to avoid pain. Let me stretch the measure of faith you have given me reaching for You. Please help me stay faithful to those I love especially in the hard times. Keep me firmly rooted in your presence and find the joy inside my tears. And as whatever comes goes, let me remember to give you all the glory and honor. Amen.”
Your Turn: Who or what are you faithful to? What test has stretched your faith in God? Share your thoughts in the comment section. Breath on Paper