When we look back at scripture, we can see how God always works everything for good. And in the midst of all of those stories, you can look at Daniel in the lion’s den. You could look at Joseph being thrown in the pit by his brothers. You could look at Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fire. In all of those stories, there was a point and there was a moment where they could have questioned, “Was God gonna come through?” They could have questioned, you know, “Is God just gonna leave us here? Is He faithful?”
I feel like a lot of people in the church right now are in this season of, “Is God faithful?” In the midst of everything He’s done in the past, they’re kind of in this moment of being faced with their experience, the problem, whatever it is that might have happened, the circumstance. And they’re faced with this moment of, “Is God faithful?” “Is He who He says He is?” And there’s something so beautiful that we can trust and look at in scripture, that if you look at all of these stories, the Lord came through with a massive victory every single time. Every single time in all of these stories, the Lord brought them through to victory. Even to the point where they didn’t smell like the fire when they came out, and He restored a hundred fold to all that was lost.
And you look at Joseph and what the Lord did in his life. You look at David, and you look at Daniel, and look at all these people in the Bible who the Lord really brought them through to victory for His glory. And He did it in such a way that His name was magnified and everyone was in awe of, “Wow, God really does come through!”
And there’s something about that tension of the waiting; waiting for God to come through. And I feel like a lot of people are in that moment right now of tension. That might be you, you might be experiencing that, or maybe you’re on the other side of it and you can be a voice of encouragement to people in that tension. But if you are in that tension, I want you to remember to look back to your history with God. I want you to remember all of the things that God has done, and look at where you are now and all the things He had to do to get you to where you are in this season.
A lot of the things that we’re sitting in and standing in right now in this season of our lives, are things that we prayed for, things that we were hoping for in our future. Maybe you just got married, maybe you just had a baby. Maybe you just got your new job. There’s different things that you’ve been believing and praying for and the Lord brought you through to that thing. And I wanna encourage you that God is gonna be faithful in every area of your life; that in one place where He was faithful and you haven’t seen that yet, that He’s gonna come through. And all of the questions eventually get answered, whether in heaven or in this life. God will show Himself to be good. He’ll show himself to be faithful. And time and time again, we can trust that. We can trust the nature of God.
We can look to the scriptures and it talks about all the things that love is. Love is patient, love is kind. And you know, you go through all of that, and then you look at God describing Himself as love. So you can put the name of God in each of those slots and see how God is faithful and God is good. Look at all of that in 1 Corinthians 13. And so, be encouraged today. Go to that scripture. Spend some time with the Holy Spirit and put the Lord’s name in there. You could even put Jesus in there. Jesus is faithful, Jesus is kind, He’s long suffering. He’s with us in those hard seasons. He’s with us on those mountaintops, and the valleys low; that we don’t understand what He’s doing, but we will. And in the midst of all of it, He’s good and we get to worship Him and we get to give Him an offering of worship and love from the deepest part of our core. When we worship Him in those places of pain and we worship Him in those places of not understanding, there’s such reward for that. But also there’s a reward of intimacy that we get to experience in this life. When we press through and we say, “God, you’re still good, and I still trust you.”
I know that He who spoke is faithful and that God is not a man that He should lie. So I bless you today. Be filled with the knowledge of the goodness of God. Be filled with the knowledge of His faithfulness to you, that His hand is on you. The steps of the righteous are ordered by the Lord. And where you are is where He wants you to be. He is gonna lead you through to a beautiful victory.
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