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Have you desperately needed someone’s help in a crisis? We’ve all had difficult moments when we needed a friend’s assistance. It’s extremely comforting when a person proves reliable in times of trouble. It’s also painful when someone who promised to be there for us, isn’t there when we need them most. It’s the difference between being reliable or unreliable; faithful or unfaithful.
The Bible talks about this trait called faithfulness or reliability in many places. Here are a few examples:
Proverbs 25:19 (TLB) “Putting confidence in an unreliable man is like chewing with a sore tooth, or trying to run on a broken foot.”
Proverbs 20:6 (TPT) “Many will tell you they’re your loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly trustworthy?”
1 Corinthians 4:2 (NLT) “Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful.”
To be reliable and faithful is to be someone others can always count on. A faithful, reliable friend isn’t a fair-weather friend. They’re an all-season friend. A faithful, reliable worker works as diligently when not being watched as they do when they’re watched. A faithful, reliable soldier is vigilant and ready at all times.
One of my favorite places to visit in Washington, DC is Arlington National Cemetery. I especially enjoy watching the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. These Army soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Regiment, also known as The Old Guard, march in front of the tomb of an unknown comrade’s remains 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, good weather and bad. They’re reliable. They’re there morning, noon, night, and in the earliest hours of the morning when no one is present. They never stop marching, never stop guarding, never let up on their duty. They are reliable. They are faithful. They are a great example for us.
One of the best things potentially said about someone is, “He or she is reliable!” Be a “count on me” person!