What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? Romans 3:3
Paul begins a debate with himself, anticipating the questions that might come from the things he is telling the Romans…and then answering his own questions. It is an incredible theological ping-pong game from the great mind of Paul. Things like…
Q: If all that you said about God showing no favoritism between Jews and Greeks is true, then what is the point of being a Jew…God’s chosen people? Does it even matter at all?
A: It matters very much. You were entrusted with the spoken Word of God. The law was given to your people. Jesus came from your lineage. Though it doesn’t lead to your salvation, it is a special heritage where God showed Himself and gave hints of Jesus as His plan for salvation along the way.
Q: But not all Jews were faithful. Does their unfaithfulness nullify the faithfulness of God?
A: By no means! God is faithful even when we are not. His faithfulness does not rest on our actions. Let this truth sink in.
When we keep all our promises and are loving others well…God is faithful.
When we slip back into that sin we thought we beat…God is faithful.
When everything is falling into place…God is faithful.
When everything is falling apart…God is faithful.
When we are on our knees in prayer…God is faithful.
When we are too angry to pray…God is faithful.
When we never miss a Sunday at church…God is faithful.
When it hurts too much to go to church…God is faithful.
When our prayers are miraculously answered…God is faithful.
When our prayers seem to go unanswered…God is faithful.
Questions: Is it hard to believe God is faithful when things don’t seem to be going the way you hoped? What about when you are intentionally being unfaithful? Why is this truth so hard to believe?