“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” (Psalm 91:4)
If we are to speak of faithfulness as an armament of faith, we must look first to God’s own faithfulness.
Again and again the Bible speaks of God’s faithfulness as an awesome source of protection for His children. In His faithfulness, He protects us from the troubles of this world, the temptations of the Devil and our own sinful flesh, and especially against the wrath that our sins deserve:
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
“But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.” (2 Thessalonians 3:3)
“O Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief. Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you.” (Psalm 143:1-2)
Yes, God’s faithfulness is truly our ultimate protection against every evil we face as His warriors. In times of trouble and affliction, the best thing we can do is to place ourselves in His loving hands and proclaim, “Thy will be done!” We have seen and know that the Lord is faithful to fulfill all of His promises: “But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8)
So what about our faithfulness? If God’s faithfulness produces fruit in us, as Jeremiah claims, what is the role of the faithfulness which we return to God in thanksgiving? The first and most important way that we return God’s faithfulness to Him is by continuing to cling to His promises throughout our lives. “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Revelation 2:10). This is God’s will for us, and it is our sure defense against the accusations of the Evil One. But don’t doubt its effectiveness as a weapon against evil! Perhaps the best witness we can bear to others is a sure and steady trust in God’s promises that is evident in our words and actions. This testimony can certainly deliver a stunning blow to the Devil as he attacks those around us with doubt and unbelief through their own trials and difficulties.
We can also return thanks to God for His faithfulness by remaining faithful to our calling as Christians. Our integrity toward others and in our service to God’s kingdom is modeled after God’s own faithfulness in our lives. And as we persevere in doing God’s will, we can rest assured that God will remain faithful to bring about results: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9). Because God loved us enough to send His Son to die for us, we know that He will also be faithful to prosper all our ways in Him.
God has not abandoned his rebellious creation, but in His faithfulness has sent the Hero, Jesus Christ the Lord, to slay the Dragon and deliver us from bondage: “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True” (Revelation 19:11). Despite our unfaithfulness, God has remained true to His love and His Word of promise. This is our sure defense, and the faithfulness we return to God and neighbor is the weapon we wield in our fight to bring the light of God’s righteousness through Christ to a dark world.
“I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and salvation. I do not conceal your love and your truth from the great assembly.” (Psalm 40:10)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank and praise You before all the world for Your great love and faithfulness to me – a sinner. Grant that I may never falter in being faithful to Your name as I call upon You in repentance and proclaim Your steadfast mercy to all those around me; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, my Lord. Amen.