The Faithfulness of God—Romans 3:3-4
"What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God's faithfulness? Not at all! Let God be true, and every man a liar. As it is written: "So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge" (Romans 3:3-4)
The question Paul addresses is important: What if some did not believe God, will that nullify the promise of God? Does our lack of faith cancel God’s faithfulness? The answer is an emphatic and resounding no, God forbid, never, absolutely not! God’s faithfulness is not dependent on humanity’s faithlessness; rather, it is dependent on His character.
Our faith is a response to His faithfulness, but our lack of faith doesn’t change His faithfulness to us; instead, it magnifies it.
But sometimes living in the midst of this broken world, it is hard to always see God’s plan and faithfulness toward us. So one thing we must settle in our hearts is that no matter the circumstances, what we feel or even experience, we must decide that God is true and everything contrary to His Word is a lie.
God’s promises are always true, even when we struggle to believe or experience them.
This is why faith is important. Hebrews explains that the Word (or promise) must be mixed with faith to be effectual in our own lives (Heb. 4:2). Paul is referring back to how the Jewish nation was entrusted with God’s words (Rom. 3:2), which as a whole always pointed to a Savior, but generation after generation didn’t believe them, making it personally ineffectual. But God still sent Jesus.
Our faith is a response to His faithfulness, but our lack of faith doesn’t change His faithfulness to us; instead, it magnifies it. This is what Paul observes, “so that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.”
Today, settle in your heart to believe God’s Word. Here’s the promise in this: “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God” (2 Cor. 1:20). God will be faithful to us, and His promises are Yes and Amen!
Original article published June 16, 2009.