Proverbs 20:6, “Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find?”
As a pastor for the last 16 years I’ve had the privilege of meeting hundreds of people as they’ve come and joined our church. Some of the people I’ve had the honor to serve are very faithful and sincerely dedicated to God. However, the vast amount of people I’ve come across have major issues with being faithful- not only in the church but also in their lives.
Some of the people I’ve witnessed first hand not be faithful have also been the same ones to make bold commitments and give lauding compliments. However, over time they become faithless and break their word. It doesn’t matter what excuses they make, the bottom line is the same- they broke their commitment to both God and man.
King Solomon as the leader of Israel most likely had people all the time proclaim their love and allegiance to him but fail to keep their word. Hence, God leading him to write this proverb ending in a question mark because I believe he is basically saying, “I keep having people say they love me and break their word, does anyone know where I can find a faithful person?”
In turn, here are some ways you can be found faithful, (1) Only say what you mean, don’t use flattering words if you don’t mean them, (2) Be sure to only commit to things you can and will do, (3) Don’t lie or break your word, (4) Let your actions speak louder than your words, and (5) Seek forgiveness any time you break your word and let people down.
I challenge you to be the kind of person that when your job, spouse, family or church calls out, “Who is faithful?” You can respond, “I am” and prove it.
- Search your heart and repent of any times you were faithless.
- Ask God to develop the spiritual fruit of “faithfulness” in you, Galatians 5:22.
- Don’t just proclaim your love and faithfulness- prove it!