“What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God?” (Romans 3:3, ESV)
Ever struggles with faithfulness? We all do.
We have our moments when we are faithful. We tell a friend, “I will meet you for dinner” and we show up. We say that we will take out the trash and we do it. We tell our boss that the project will be completed by Friday and we get it done. We make good on our statements. We are trustworthy, dependable, and reliable.
But, there are times when that is not the case. We fail. We fall. We make big mistakes. We say the wrongs thing at the wrong times (we even say the right things at the wrong time too). We tell lies. We take what is not ours. We get jealous. We get angry. We get even.
When we are faithless…
In truth, we all are imperfect. We may go to church regularly, attend Bible studies, and give regularly, as good as those things are (and they are good), they do not secure us a place in God’s favor. So then, what does? The answer—a heart that is fully given over to the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 12:30, 31).
The apostle Paul points out in Romans 3:3 that even though we are unfaithful, God is always faithful. Everyone of us has acted unfaithful before God, but those actions have not robbed God of His faithfulness. Despite our sinfulness, God is still at work (Romans 3:9).
What God does…
The story of King David’s affair with Bathsheba is well-known. And so is the cover-up for it resulting in the murder of Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband (2 Samuel 11). The story does not end there. God went after him! The Lord convicted David to the core of his being over his sin through the words of Nathan the prophet who confronted him openly (2 Samuel 12:1-14). In Romans 3:4, Paul quotes from Psalm 51—David’s confession to God. Look at David’s words closely.
“Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.” (Psalm 51:4, ESV)
David knew just how right God was in calling him out for his sin and knew that He was just to judge him. He knew that he was guilty. There were no excuses, no cards to play, just confession and a heart-felt repentance. When he came face to face with the reality of his choices, he responded with the kind of heart God is looking for.
God is Faithful
That is what Paul is driving at in Romans 3:3—that we come to the place where we see that God is completely faithful. Despite our failings, Christ is faithful (2 Timothy 2:13). Let this come as a comforting thought to us. The truth is, if God were not faithful, then there truly would be no hope at al. He is faithful enough not to leave us in our sins, but to chase after us (like David). The question is, will we make the same choice that David did at that moment when he came face to face with his sins? Will we see God’s faithfulness in the midst of our unfaithfulness? Will we give our heart wholly and completely to the Lord?