Our inability to live sin free lives has no impact on God fulfilling His promises. He keeps His promises not because of who we are, but because of who He is. Some folks see this as an excuse to do what they want in their lives. “Oh, I was saved when I was a kid. I know I shouldn’t this, but God forgives me.” If we love Him, though, we understand that such a view is an affront to God and represents a lack of love towards God or a lack of knowledge of who God is and what He finds acceptable. However, even if we try to live a life of full obedience, we find that we won’t. See, just as Paul struggled with sin and wrote about how he found himself doing what he didn’t want to do and not doing what he desired to do, we are the same. We sin, even when we desire otherwise. Yet God remains faithful to deliver His promises in spite of our disobedience.
And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. They forgot the Lord their God and served the Baals and the Asheroth. Therefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Cushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia. And the people of Israel served Cushan-rishathaim eight years. But when the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer for the people of Israel, who saved them, Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother. The Spirit of the Lord was upon him, and he judged Israel. He went out to war, and the Lord gave Cushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand. And his hand prevailed over Cushan-rishathaim. – Judges 3:7-10, ESV
The book of Judges reveals a pattern in human behavior, especially that of those who follow after God. Things are well. People start disobeying and choosing evil. God brings judgment against the people. The people, after some time suffering under the punishment that results, call out to God for relief and help. God hears His people and sends relief. This cycle isn’t just limited to the book of Judges. We see it throughout Scripture and we see it in the lives of believers. Just because we are saved doesn’t mean we are suddenly perfect. Yes, that’s still the standard. However, we know we will fall short. We will sin. We will suffer the consequences of that sin. In the midst of those consequences we will cry out to God. We will repent and ask His forgiveness. And He will grant it.
There may still be consequences as the sin works out its effects in our lives and in the lives of others. Every time Israel turned away from God there were lasting consequences. They were made right with God, but the impact of their disobedience was never totally undone. So when God delivers us from our sin, when He forgives us, we should understand that He delivers us from the eternal results of that sin. We stand without condemnation. He will always honor that promise to save us. He does it not because He owes us for loving Him, for what good deeds we’ve done, or who our families are. He carries through because of His own integrity.
That’s a comforting thought. Even when I’ve made a mess of things, I can count on God to forgive me and to redeem me. This isn’t a license to sin but a reassurance that in spite of my sin God remains faithful. He is faithful. He is always faithful. Even when we know without a doubt that we don’t deserve it, He is faithful. Whatever you’re dealing with, He is faithful. Whatever you’ve done, He is faithful. When you sin in the future, He is faithful. Praise God for His faithfulness! Thank you, Lord, for your faithfulness in spite of my unfaithfulness!