How Can we Remain Faithful to God in a Faithless World?

 

“How can an individual remain faithful to God in a faithless world?[1]

16 Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who esteem His name. 17 “They will be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.” 18 So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him. (Malachi 3:16-18)

Through the Prophet Malachi’s ministry to the Israelites, we learn three tips for developing a lifestyle of faithfulness:

  • Vow to be faithful to God, even if those around you are not: Consider writing your own ‘scroll of remembrance.’ In our family, we keep a Journal of Blessings. In it we write down all the ways God has blessed and answered our prayers. Occasionally, we pull it out and look at it when we need a reminder of His faithfulness and presence in our life. It’s amazing how fast that journal can get filled up!
  • Surround yourself with a group of likeminded individuals for encouragement: This group ‘talked with each other’ (Mal. 3:16) as they encouraged each other to remain faithful (see Heb. 10:25). Join a church and get plugged into a small group Bible study!
  • Remember that God’s day of reckoning will come someday: Sometimes we mistake God’s patience as inaction. We need to keep a long-range perspective and know that His day of judgment is coming! (2 Peter 3:8-10)

 

[1] Sourced and adapted from Charles H. Dyer, in The Old Testament Explorer, p. 841