Who is mighty like You, O Lord? Your faithfulness also surrounds You. Psalm 89:8
God is surrounded on all sides by His quality of faithfulness, so His people should be faithful, trustworthy, and true. At Billy Graham’s funeral, his son, Ned, put it like this, “My father was F.A.T. He was Faithful. Available. Teachable. May we all be that way.”
Faithfulness isn’t quaint morality or old-fashioned virtue. It is the core of integrity, sincerity, and dependability. It’s the glue that holds our culture together. Without it, relationships cannot survive, and society cannot function.
Without the faithfulness of God, the universe would be erratic and unpredictable. The planets would wobble in their orbits, the laws of nature would be unreliable, and the sun would shine or not as it wished. Without the steadiness of God, there would be chaos in the universe. The Bible says, “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17, NIV).
Because of the faithfulness of God, we have confidence when we pray. We can trust His promises, depend on His consistency, rest in His unchanging love, and search His Word of truth. In the process, we will increasingly become F.A.T. people—Faithful, Available, and Teachable.
Be firm and be faithful; desert not the right; / The brave become bolder the darker the night. From an anonymous hymn
Faithful – Available – Teachable