Part 1 – Shadows of the Kingdom, Chapter 2 – The God who created
[Bible references: Exodus 34:6; Deuteronomy 7:9; Psalm 38:5; 100; Hebrews 10:23]
God has continued to offer us lives of goodness, generosity and shalom despite our continued waywardness. Our opportunity to experience the faithfulness of God comes as we hold to his promises … even when we fail to hold to his promises. Scripture is full of passages of God’s commitment to faithfulness despite the lack of our own and those examples are helpful for us to hold onto as we experience our own trials and difficulties in life.
The faithfulness of God is starkly evident in His relationship with the Hebrew/Jewish people. God made a land covenant with Abraham (patriarch of many nations) and has never withdrawn what He has promised. Though the Jewish people have been scattered around the world, God promised they would return to the land He promised Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all their descendants (Zechariah 8:7-8) …
More examples of God’s faithfulness … Noah … Ishmael … Moses … Jacob …
God’s faithful promise was fulfilled in the New Testament when He sent Jesus to atone for our sins. No matter what sins we have committed, no matter how “bad” we are, God is faithful to forgive us if we accept Jesus and repent of our sins. 
 Got Questions “How Can I Trust in the Faithfulness of God, Got Questions www.gotquestions.org/faithfulness-of-God.html ; ” Christiansen, Connie Ruth. “The Story Behind The Hymn: Great Is They Faithfulness” Independent Baptist http://www.independentbaptist.com/great-is-thy-faithfulness
 All About God “Faithfulness of God” allaboutgod.com/faithfulness-of-god.htm
Our current society reflects the costs of lack of trust, of broken promises, of a lack of mutual concern for each other. What are those costs?
Read Zechariah 8. Zechariah’s prophecies were written it the nation of Israel many years after the nation had been taken in exile. How do you think these promises of God would have had on the exiles?