Unfortunately, there is usually a gap between what some of us say and what we do. We, for whatever reason, are much more willing to make a promise than keep it. Perhaps we want others to think more highly of us than we actually are. So, we say, “I’ll be happy to do this or help you with that or count on me to be there when you need me.” End of conversations and promise!
“Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man, who can find?” There seems to be a sadness in this proverb that suggests a sense of disappointment in the heart of Solomon. Whether someone had betrayed him or failed to keep their word is not known. But what we do know is that he contrasts the gap between words and deeds, saying and doing. There is an obvious difference between love professed and promised and love described and delivered.
The word “faithful” in this verse is the same word used when the writer spoke of God’s faithfulness to honor His word in the promises He made to the nation of Israel. It also speaks of the love God expects from us when we say that we love Him and will be faithful to Him. When we say, “Father I love You” - might it bring into God’s mind the later part of our verse: “But can I trust you to keep your word?”
This part of the verse obviously pained Solomon. It forces me to wonder what betrayal he might have experienced from his wife or children, friends or confidants. Words are inexpensive but actions always cost something to the one who upholds or honors what he promises.
How blest we are to understand what faithfulness is all about because of our relationship with a loving, heavenly Father!
Prayer: Thank You, Father, for Your love and the promise that You will never leave us nor forsake us. Thank You for Your care. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 20:6 Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find?