We were singing a song in our meeting this morning which described God as “unfailing.”  It’s an unusual word isn’t it?  So in what ways is God unfailing?

  • God’s character is unfailing.  We all know what it’s like to experience a moral failure.  Those times when we do something, or fail to do something, which we later regret.  I watched an interview with Tiger Woods this week.  He is nervous about playing at The Masters next month because he doesn’t know how people will respond to him.  How they will respond now that they have discovered he is not the man that they thought he was.  That will never happen with God.  There will never be a day when we find out that God is not who He has told us He is.  There are no skeletons in His closet (or His tomb!)  Everything God does is shaped by His unfailing character – He is always loving, just, merciful, gracious, true, holy, good, righteous and full of peace.  He always is and He always will be.
  • God’s plans and promises are unfailing.  If God says He is going to do something, He will do it.  If someone makes a promise you have to consider two things.  Firstly, do they want to do what they have said and secondly do they have the power (or ability) to do what they have said?  God doesn’t make plans and promises that He doesn’t intend to keep (“we must do lunch – I’ll call you!”) and He has the power to do everything He wants to do.  So when God says He will never let you go, that means He will never let you go.  And if God has said that He will heal you, then He will heal you.  And if God has spoken to you about the things He will do in your life then He will do them.  Maybe the timing is not as you hoped and maybe the path you are walking is not what you had imagined but God’s plans and promises are unfailing.  So hang on in there.
  • The blood of Jesus is unfailing.  The blood of Jesus is sufficient for the forgiveness of your sins.  It may be that you feel you have now done something so awful that it is unforgivable, that God cannot still love you and be willing to forgive you.  Or that you have sinned so many times, tripped over the same temptation so often, that the offer of forgiveness no longer applies to you.  Well – it does still apply to you.  Because, “the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin,” (1 John 1:7) and “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness,”  (1 John 1:9).  That’s good news – God cannot fail to forgive you if you trust in the unfailing blood of Jesus.

It was really good this morning to be reminded of these things.  However you’re feeling, whatever you’re experiencing, you can be sure of this:  God is unfailing.  You can trust Him.  HIs character, His plans, His promises and His blood will never fail.  What an amazing God.