This is something I have heard “Christians” say and even sing for many years. At almost 44 years of age now, I have come to not only question this statement but to also shut it down!
I am African-American (according to the politically correct term used to identify me and similar people). Growing up in church, I would hear people say often with absolute boldness and authority: “God has never failed me yet”! Something about the statement irked me, but I couldn’t quite articulate it. Well, now, I can.
Here’s the question to my fellow “Christians.” Do you really trust the Lord and maintain absolute faith in His sovereignty, or do you believe there is a possibility that He will fail you? Honestly. No, be honest. No, really and truly…be honest about it.
You see, the use of the word yet within the statement’s context indicates that you’re awaiting God’s failure. You have certainty that His consistency will—at some point—come to an end. More than likely, you maintain this deep-seeded doubt of our Creator because you have been disappointed so often by His creation—people (e.g. family members, friends, neighbors, politicians, religious figures, teachers, yourself).
Here’s the problem with your “logic”—your support for maintaining doubt in the Creator. God is not us; He is not even one of us! He created us, not the other way around: “Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” (Psalm 100:3) So, you/we are in error when we bring God down to our level of behavior. You cannot, nor should you ever attempt classifying God in like terms as humans. End of story.
So, now, “Christian,” when you speak of God, the Creator of all whose ways and thoughts are higher than ours and can never and should never be compared to our own (Isaiah 55:8-9), speak of Him in absolute terms of unwavering faith:
14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. (1 John 5:14-15)
In other words, “Christian,” God NEVER FAILS! Only expect Him to deliver on His promises. Be a Christian, not a “Christian.” Never leave doubt about who you are, whose you are, and/or Who created you. In Jesus’ name, Amen!