Since graduating from high school, I have had many friends drift from their faith. They have lost their way and have done things that are unfaithful to the Lord. Not too long ago, I had a conversation with one of them about what has been going on in our lives. I was greatly disappointed that nothing in her life seemed to be glorifying God. Although we shared our struggles and situation, the conversation was very worldly, covering problems of this life without God. After the conversation, I felt so empty. This friend of mine used to share such wisdom and godly insight including Scripture to help her advice be more credible. Within a few years, she changed so much.
Of all the people we will encounter on this earth, unfortunately, not everyone will remain faithful to the Lord. There are those who continually seek God and obey Him but still are imperfect. Yet others, they fall and never get back up. The Lord knows of our imperfections and He knows of our human nature which is why He continually reminds us to remain faithful to Him. So we have no excuse for our unfaithfulness. Therefore, if I could say something that is 100% true, it is this: if we follow God wholeheartedly, He will remain faithful. He will.
Take Caleb for example. There is not a lot of information about him other than the fact that he and Joshua from the Old Testament were the only two that made it to the promised land of the men who had spied out the land before (Numbers 14:38). And why did Caleb make it if there is so little about him? Well, what is said about him is enough information to know that this man was a man of God. The Lord says in Numbers 14:24, “But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it” (NIV).
On the unfortunate side of our human nature, what happens when we are unfaithful to God. If Caleb and Joshua were the only ones to live in the promised land because they were faithful, imagine what happened to the ones who were not faithful. They obviously didn’t make it to the promised land. Instead, Numbers 14:37 says, “…these men responsible for spreading the bad report about the land were struck down and died of a plague before the Lord” (NIV). They had lied about the promised land which lead to their death.
For my friends whose relationship with God has dwindled, I have hope because God is still faithful even when we are not. Although it is discouraging and saddening to know what lifestyles my friends have chosen, it is even harder not to follow in that path. The unfaithful are highly influential and highly abundant which is maybe why many Christians around the world feel like they are alone in their faith. And don’t get me wrong, the choice to remain faithful to God is inconsistent with our actions. We are broken, sinful people. But it is no excuse to keep us from pursuing a righteous and faithful relationship with the Lord.