The theme of Keswick Convention 2021 is Faithful. At first, we might hear Faithful as a word of demand: we need to be faithful in our walk with God. To be sure, that call does come to us, but only because first God is faithful, and we are to be imitators of Him.
What does it mean for God to be faithful? Faithful is dependable, faithful is truth-telling, faithful is reliable, faithful is persisting in a relationship with His people. Faithful “means that God will always do what he has said and fulfil what he has promised” (Grudem).
And confidence in the faithfulness of God is not an act of make-believe. It’s not something we have to twist God’s arm for or hope for. Our sin doesn’t thwart it. Our unfaithfulness doesn’t jeopardise it. Our anguish doesn’t diminish it. Those words from Lamentations come in the midst of “smoke, ruin and despair” (Dale Ralph Davis). No, faithfulness is rooted in God’s character, and is seen in history, supremely in Jesus Christ. No wonder Lamentations moves from talking about God to talking to God: “Great is your faithfulness.”
Because God is faithful, we can trust him. Because God is faithful, we are to be faithful, too. In our relationship with him, and in our relationships with others. So we pray at the 2021 Convention that the LORD will give us a fresh vision of and delight in the faithful God, and inspire and equip us to be faithful as we live for Him.