YET HE ABIDETH FAITHFUL Andy Hollifield 1-4-19
2 Timothy 2:13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
“Yet, he abideth faithful.” Put anything you want on the front side of that sentence and it doesn’t change a thing. He is not pleased with us when we sin but he abides faithful. When we get slack in our prayer life, studying, witnessing, or what ever; he still “Abideth faithful.” The times when I have been somewhere I shouldn’t have been, he was no doubt ashamed of me “Yet, he abideth faithful.” When I refused to be obedient to his word, “Yet he abideth faithful.” When my faith is weak and I don’t believe, “Yet he abideth faithful.” Nothing we could ever do will keep him from abiding faithful. Why? Because he cannot deny himself.
I am thankful that God cannot lie (Titus 1:2). He also cannot fail (Deuteronomy 31:8). If he could lie, he would have broken the promise in that verse. He would have forsaken me a long time ago. If he could fail, I have gotten myself into some messes that he might not have been able to get me out of. I am glad that he can’t fail because if he could, we would always have to wonder if he could get us out of situations or handle problems, much less answer our prayers. Deuteronomy 7:9 says, “Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love and keep his commandments to a thousand generations.” Covenant and mercy. A covenant is an agreement between two or more people as to how something will be done. Aren’t you glad that God has given promises to his people and all we have to do is accept them? When God makes a covenant, it is open to whosoever will and he is just waiting for us to take his offer. There is no negotiation on his covenants. It literally is “His way or the highway.” Either his way; the straight and narrow way that leads to everlasting life or the broad way which “leadeth to destruction”(Matthew 7:14). He don’t force us, but he has a standing offer that all living will either accept or reject.
Mercy? There has been a lot said about mercy and without it we literally wouldn’t have a prayer. Mercy is defined as compassionate or kindly forbearance shown towards an offender. We are all offenders of God’s law and the fellowship of man with God had been broken in the garden but when it was time for a sacrifice to reconcile man back to God, Jesus, in mercy, paid our debt that we couldn’t pay. One definition was the disposition to be compassionate or forbearing. That one certainly fits our God to a “T” doesn’t it? His covenant is offered to all but we each one as individuals have to accept it for ourselves. And why would he keep a covenant with us? Simple; because “He abideth faithful.”
In 2 Samuel 11, even when David neglected his duty, committed adultery, became an illegitimate father, conspired successfully to commit murder, and then tried to cover it up, God still abided faithful. He didn’t write David off but sent the prophet Nathan to see David to call his attention to the sins he had committed. When David confessed, God was still faithful to forgive. He still had to suffer for the things he had done. Nathan told him the sword would never depart out of his house and David had immense family trouble all of his life.
When Elijah got discouraged and scared, God didn’t write him off either. He went to the cave where he was hiding and called him out. In mercy, he listened to Elijah’s complaint then instructed him what he was to do. We may not have committed murder or any of the things David did, but we have all been discouraged at some point in time. Even right after seeing God move in miraculous ways in our life, we have immediately gotten discouraged.
Then there is Peter. I can only speak for myself, and say that I have denied Christ more times than I can count. When we refuse to tell others about him, we are denying him. When we fail to do his will, we deny him. When we go against his word, we betray and deny him. He didn’t come to die because we were all boy scouts or girl scouts but because we are all sinners in need of a Savior and the forgiveness only he can give. Peter denied Christ three times but even after that, when Christ met Mary in the garden that morning, he told her to tell his disciples “and Peter” that he was going ahead of them into Galilee. I personally believe that the reason he singled out Peter was so he would know that Christ had forgiven all. After denying him, Peter had went out and wept bitterly. That is exactly how Christ does us: he singles us out when we seek forgiveness and saves us forgiving all of our sin. Do you know why he continues to save souls and forgive sin? It is because “He abideth faithful.”
I have mentioned three faithful men of God that along the way failed God in the way they lived their live. Aren’t you thankful that, just as he forgave them, he will forgive all that call upon him for salvation when his Spirit draws them? In John 6:37, Jesus says, “Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” Revelation 22:17 tells us “Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” An open invitation with a covenant and all we have to do is accept it. Why? Because even “Yet, he abideth faithful.” Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!