When my best friend and love of my life marched down the aisle at Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Georgia, the entire congregation rose to their feet as the pianist played Great Is Thy Faithfulness. A good friend had written a special arrangement just for the occasion of our wedding. Tears ran down my face as Tanya walked toward me arm in arm with her father. The words of the familiar hymn echoed the goodness of God:
Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee,
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not,
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.
“God is faithful.”
No matter what you’re going through, God is there. Eternally unchanging and forever reliable, He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. In moments of celebration, He celebrates with you. In the midst of the storm, He is a shelter. When you weep, He dries your tears. When you are scared, He holds you close. God is our refuge and our strength, an ever present help in time of trouble.
Yet we struggle. Jesus didn’t promise His followers a life free from difficulty. In fact, He promised us trouble. He said, “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Even in this trouble filled world, in Christ we have peace.
“God is faithful.” This is the truth to which we cling in time of trial. When the winds of testing blow strong, God’s faithfulness is the solid rock upon which we firmly take our stand. The faithful promise of His presence provides strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.
In Strength for the Journey, Joseph M. Stowell writes, “Since we rarely know why trouble comes or what God is doing in and through our pain, it is important to have something solid and true to which we can attach our faith.” When trouble comes, faith holds fast to God’s promises, finds comfort in God’s ways, stands firm upon God’s character.
In the uncertainty of trial, we may feel as if hanging by a thread, one big wave from being swept away, one strong gust from being caught up into the vortex of the storm. But faith clings to the hand of God, for faith is a gift from God whereby it is He who clings to us.
When we can’t seem to get a grip, we can give thanks that we’re held firmly in His grasp. No one and nothing can remove our hand from His. No one and nothing can separate us from Him.
O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.
Great Is Thy Faithfulness. Thomas Obediah Chisholm (1866-1960).
 This is the Apostle Paul’s reminder to the church in Corinth. Paul issued pointed warnings from Israel’s history (God’s judgment upon idolatry and immorality), then he stated, "Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it" (1 Corinthians 10:11-13). The word for “temptation” and “tempted” in 1 Corinthians 10:13 is the same word (peirasmós) generally translated “test” in verse 9 (cf. James 1:2, 12). Depending on the context, the word can refer to trials, tests, and temptations. God cannot be tempted, but His people can put Him to the test; God does not tempt His people, but He does test them. The definitions of “tempt” and “test” are different both in source and in nature, but the results of our response to each are much the same. And in both, God is faithfully present. His grace is sufficient, for His power is made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).
 Deuteronomy 33:27; Hebrews 13:8.
 Luke 15:32.
 Isaiah 4:6; 25:4.
 Psalm 6:8; 30:5b; Matthew 5:4; Revelation 21:4
 Joshua 1:5, 9.
 Psalm 46:1
 Stowell, Joseph M. Strength for the Journey: Day by Day with Jesus (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 2002), 186.
 John 10:28-30.
 Romans 8:38-39.
 O God Our Help in Ages Past, Isaac Watts (1719).