Why I Sometimes Get The Faithfulness of God Wrong

Recently, I found out about something amazing that I never saw coming. Basically, it was exactly what I needed and didn’t even know it (if that makes sense!). Again, his ways above mine!!! I was in a discouraging and unsure season, and I found myself questioning so many decisions that had been made up until that point. Waiting brought it’s unique and seemingly-never ending challenges, and so I found myself thanking God for His faithfulness over and over again when I heard the wonderful news that only He could have put in place (for the record, we are not expecting haha!).

But as I was chatting with a close friend about this exciting time, we ended up in conversation about how the faithfulness of God is so much bigger than “this moment” – this small fragment of time that was “an answer to prayer“.  While yes, I am so incredibly thankful for this gift that has reminded me of how faithful he is, I needed to understand that his faithfulness is so much bigger than what happens and what does not happen on this side of eternity.   Something my husband shares in one of my favorite messages is “Faithfulness is not a characteristic of God; it’s who He is.”

I needed to be reminded in that moment that God’s faithfulness is not simply based off of some area in my life that has or has not worked out. Instead, whatever my world and the world looks like, God is faithful because of who he is, and it has been shown through the fulfillment of his promises throughout the generations.  

Bear with me a moment, but I began to picture the promise of a rainbow, and the everlasting covenant God made with Noah and the generations to come to never flood the earth again (Genesis 6-9). I also picture Moses’ conversation with God as He promises to bring the Israelites out of Egypt and into a new land after years of oppression and suffering (Exodus 3). We not only have these powerful stories among many others from Scripture of real people with real lives and real struggles that can be used stir our faith, but also countless testimonies of today that have all pointed to God’s faithfulness.

But ultimately, I then pictured Jesus – the Son of God entering the world as a baby who would grow up, live a perfect life, die the death I deserved, and be raised to life three days later for the sins of the world, so that we could all have the opportunity to be made new. That is the faithfulness that I want to cling to! I have been made alive because of JESUS!

And regardless of what happens and what does not happen in my life – a life that is “but a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes (James 4:14b),” I want to cling to his faithfulness that forgives me and purifies me when when I confess my sin to him (1 John 1:9). When I’m tired of struggling with insecurity and doubt, I can know that God is faithful to make his grace sufficient in my weakness (2 Corinthians 2:9). Yes, in every season – the joys, tragedy, the waiting, and the disappointment, he is faithful, he is my hope, and the anchor of my soul – firm and secure (Hebrews 6:19).

Let’s move forward confidently knowing that God is faithful in all things, regardless of what happens and what does not happen because Jesus was, is, and will always be enough and what we need most!

 

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