I recently told someone who worried about being irresponsible, “You couldn’t be irresponsible if you tried. It’s just not in your DNA.” I think the same way about God’s faithfulness. The limitless, unfathomable Creator of the universe could not be unfaithful if he tried. The depth of our faith and trust in him ultimately rests on the extent to which we believe that irrevocable fact: God is faithful….
Author Mark Buchanan notes how much we take faithfulness for granted. Its very nature is unwavering, sturdy, routine…so much so that we almost grow blind to it. In fact, Buchanan writes faithfulness can sometimes appear almost “boring.”
Yet without the faithfulness of God we wouldn’t last an hour. His favor toward us does not depend on our actions. He doesn’t love us one day and spite us the next because of our failures. When we suffer the consequences of our poor decisions, it’s because of his faithfulness, not in spite of it that we come face-to-face with our human nature and have opportunity to repent. No matter what, God remains true to himself. And he is faithful. Count on it. Especially when situations don’t turn out the way we expect.
It’s easy to confuse faithfulness with predictability. God is faithful, but he is not predictable. We don’t know how he will work our circumstances out for good but we know with certainty that he will if we love him (Romans 8:28). We must refuse the temptation to reduce God to our own experience when our circumstances seem to contradict his nature.
As God’s children, he wants us to share his DNA. He has designed us in such a way that every time we faithfully carry out our assignments—even the small ones—more of his faithfulness takes hold in our lives. The thread running through what we do becomes the thread of who we are (Luke 16:10).
So be faithful in those major responsibilities in your life, but don’t overlook the small, seemingly insignificant tasks you are called to do. In a world where faithfulness has become a rare commodity, be different. Wouldn’t you like for God’s DNA to be so engraved in your character that it would be said of you…you couldn’t be unfaithful if you tried?