Deuteronomy 7:9 Our God is faithful, but to whom?
Our God is a faithful God. That's probably not something we think enough about today; as a matter of fact, most of us probably take for granted the fact that God is faithful. We assume that God ought to give us our next breath, and we assume that He will, but we don't deserve even the next breath we're going to take. We assume that God will keep us alive for another day so that we can live and work and play, but the book of James tells us that it's wrong to think that way (James 4:14-15). We ought to be thankful at every moment that God is a faithful God, and that He keeps His covenants and promises. God will never fail to do anything He's promised to do. He is a faithful God!
But this verse also tells us to whom God is faithful: “to those who love Him and keep His commandments.” Does this scare you? If it doesn't, then you probably need to take another look at His commandments, because the last time I checked, they were impossible to keep. See, this verse says that we need to keep ALL of God's commandments AND keep them all out of love for God. Can you do that? The answer is undoubtedly no, but you're not alone, because no one can keep God's commandments. Romans 3:23 says that we've all failed to do this. We've all utterly failed to “love Him and keep His commandments.” But if that's the case, then how can this verse be good news about God's faithfulness?
Well, this verse isn't good news to you, unless one of two things is true about you. Either 1) you've been able, somehow, to keep all of God's commandments perfectly from the heart ever since the day you were born (this probably doesn't describe you), or else 2) someone has kept all of God's commandments perfectly from the heart for you, and then treated you as if you'd done it. Does that second option describe you? I hope it does, because otherwise you have no hope of receiving the blessings that come from knowing a faithful God.
If that does describe you, then you should be filled with joy! See, Jesus perfectly kept ALL of God's commandments out of a loving heart, and He has now brought you into Himself so that you can receive all of God's “covenant-keeping faithfulness” just like if you'd kept the commands yourself! God made a covenant with Jesus, and He said that He would be faithful and loving to everyone whom Jesus would die for. And God is keeping His covenant with Jesus, and because we have been grafted into Christ, God is keeping that covenant with us also!
If you are in Christ, and if you have trusted in Him as your Lord and Savior, then this verse should be wonderful to you! God is faithful to you, and this means that you can now turn around and lovingly obey and serve and worship Him! You can serve God out of a thankful heart for what He's done for you, and even though you'll mess up, God will still be faithful to you because of what Jesus did on the cross for you. Praise God that He is faithful to us because of His Son!
1. Verses 6-8 states God chose Israel to be His "treasured possession." What is the relationship between being chosen by God and obeying Him?
2. Why did Jesus have to keep the Old Covenant? How is that significant for us today?
3. How does it make you feel knowing that God chose you and will stay faithful to you because you are in Christ?
4. Now that you know that God will ALWAYS be faithful to you, how will that affect the way you try to live for Him?
5. How does God's faithfulness to you affect how you act when you fail to be faithful to Him?