Day 10

Faithfulness

from the The Fruit of the Spirit reading plan


Exodus 34:6-7, Deuteronomy 7:9, Deuteronomy 32:1–4, Luke 6:43-49, 1 John 1:5-10, 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5

BY Alena Pitts

God is faithful. 

About two years ago, I would have called God anything but faithful. I had just lost my mom and my world was turned completely upside down. God didn’t seem far. He actually felt nonexistent. “He is faithful. He is faithful. He is faithful,” I would forcefully utter to myself, barely believing it, whispering it, down on my knees. As a 14-year-old dealing with the gravity of not having a mom, the words “He is faithful” did not naturally spill off of my tongue. But I continued to utter those words, praying that they would one day become real to me.

Trusting His faithfulness is one of the hardest things to believe about the Father. As humans who can’t see the full picture, we assume God has just stopped drawing it. When we can’t clearly see, hear, or feel Him, we assume He is not present. We believe He has left us. 

I, for one, am grateful that this isn’t just a 21st-century feeling. Throughout the Bible, we watch God’s people doubt His faithfulness time and time again. Sarah doubted that God would fulfill His promise of giving her a child (Genesis 18:10–15). The Israelites felt abandoned and lived in disbelief about God bringing them out of Egypt and into a future in the promised land (Exodus 16:1–12; 17:1–7). And throughout the psalms, David continues to ask God why He has left him (see Psalm 22). 

Thank God that we see their pictures and stories fully drawn out. Sarah did receive her promised son (Genesis 21:1–7), the Israelites made it into the promised land (Joshua 21:43–45), and God rescued David again and again (see Psalm 30). It turns out He is still working, even when He seems silent. Here’s the best news: God doesn’t remove His promises from us when we doubt. He is compassionate, patient, and understanding (Exodus 34:6–7). What a humbling thought! 

Looking back now at the last two years of my life, I have experienced God’s faithfulness in an entirely new way. I didn’t see it then, but years later I clearly see His hand at work. Deuteronomy 7:9 says, “Know that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps His gracious covenant loyalty for a thousand generations with those who love him and keep his commands.”

Yes, God is faithful. His Word is true. And if we belong to Him, He makes us more like Him (1John 1:5–7). The Holy Spirit displays this faithfulness in and through us, which helps us to be faithful to God and to others (Luke 6:43–45).

My prayer for you is that our faithful, promise-keeping God would reveal Himself to you. That you would look back one month, five months, or a few years from now, and clearly see His hand on the canvas of your life. He is faithful, and by His Spirit, we grow in faithfulness.

Sixteen-year-old author, vocalist, and actress, Alena Pitts, recently made her professional acting debut in the 2015 film, War Room—the 6th-highest grossing Christian film in box-office history. She has since co-authored the three-book fictional series, Lena in the Spotlight, with her mother, Wynter Pitts, author and founder of For Girls Like You Ministries. Tragically, Alena’s mother passed from death to life on July 24th, 2018. While the loss has left them heartbroken, her family continues to tell Wynter’s story as an opportunity to share the hope they have found in Jesus Christ. Alena and her family reside in Franklin, Tennessee. 

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77 thoughts on "Faithfulness"

  1. Tina says:

    Morning sisters, can’t seem to get today’s (26th) plan.. I will check in later to see if things have been rectified..

    Until then, sending extra warm hugs and love across the pond …Blessings on this day of Thanksgiving..❤

  2. Ula Richardson says:

    God is faithful. Even when we are just saying it, but without a doubt He is faithful. He is forever faithful to us when we aren’t thinking that He is, He is faithful when we forget to thank Him, when we forget to pray, when we forget to forgive others and when we just act like He doesn’t exist. Let us take time to look for God’s faithfulness in our lives and continue to thank and trust Him. Let us be thankful for one another and stay faithful as God wants us to be. Much love to all of us here who are sharing this journey!

  3. Nhu says:

    But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and keep you from evil ( 2 Thessalonians 3:3). Joining with Alena to pray for our faithfulness to grow also, by His Spirit. As Jesus is in this world, so are we. As Jesus is faithful to his children, let us too be faithful to Him, by His grace.

  4. Searcy Craighead says:

    You are engraved on the palms of Christ.
    I am so sorry for your loss and am just blown away by how you are allowing the Lord to use you in your pain & allow His Spirit to move and work through you.
    I am thankful for your life & expression of your love for the Lord…and His immense love for you, sister.

  5. Lori Quillen says:

    I’m so sorry Lindsay. Got is faithful…and loss is still loss.

  6. Jaclyn says:

    Very beautifully written, Alena. :) I am very impressed at your talent!

    Praying you feel God so strongly during this holiday season and He continuously reminds you of His faithful love.

  7. Audrey Brooks says:

    Thank you for reminding me of Corrie ten Boom poem. Yes thank you for pointing me further to Christ.

  8. Audrey Brooks says:

    I see God’s hand clearly and in the cleft of his hand he holds me constantly in his Faithfulness and Love. Thanks be to God.

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