My faithfulness and My mercy shall be with him: and in My name shall his horn be exalted (Psalm 89:24).
I came to God in my mid-twenties feeling broken, alone, and hopeless. God did what only He can do and transformed my life. It is through Him that we become whole. In walking with Him we realize we are never alone. And it is in Him that we have hope.
Those early months were such a struggle. I wanted so much to live for God, but I didn’t know how, and I didn’t really think it was possible. I didn’t have faith that I could do it because I had failed so many times before. Then one Sunday the pastor was preaching and he stood at the pulpit and said, “We are not faithful, but God is faithful!” Suddenly the light bulb came on. I had never in my life heard that God is faithful. I had heard many times about faithful people, but never once do I recall ever being told that God is faithful. It seems so obvious to me now, but at the time it was revolutionary; the thought had just never occurred to me. The pastor talked about how we have little faith, faltering faith, inconsistent faith, but that God is constant. That His love for us never fails. That He will never give up on us. That it is through Him that we are transformed. We don’t have to rely on our own abilities because He is faithful. It was an earth-shattering thought. In that very moment I was freed from the burden of having to do it on my own. I was released from the cycle of trying and failing. I didn’t have to do it on my own; I could give it to God. I could let God take care of it because He is faithful!
The Lord is faithful; He will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one (2 Thessalonians 3:3).
Now years later I marvel at how such a simple concept was so foreign to me. It seems implausible that I didn’t know that the Lord is faithful, but I truly didn’t know. Thank God for the Word of God and for His anointed messengers!
It’s interesting though because we can know something and believe something and yet sometimes we still need reminding of that thing. Occasionally, I need to be reminded of the faithfulness of God. I shouldn’t need this, for God has proved his faithfulness to me over and over again. Even still, I need to regularly open my Bible and let His Words wash over me, reassuring me that everything in it is true.
His salvation is true.
His mercy is true.
His faithfulness has not wavered!
For the Word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does. The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of His unfailing love (Psalm 33:4-5).
Thank you, Lord for the reminder. Thank you for your never-ending patience with me. Thank you for the measure of faith that you have given me to be confident in your faithfulness. I love you, Jesus.
This is beautiful Rebekah and I have experienced most of these feelings – the low points as well as the uplifting, spirit boosting feeling that comes with realizing that He really does hold us in the palm of His hands. May God Bless you always and forever on your spiritual journey – the most exciting journey anyone could make!! ❤
Amen! There is no better place to be than in the hand of the Lord! God bless you and thanks for the reblog. 🙂
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I know this is absolutely silly and off topic, everytime I see quotes from Dueteronomy I have a few moments where Cats goes off crazy in my head and I hear them singing about Old Dueteronomy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqHfEpBW_oA 🙂
Still a beautiful post.
LOL! Thanks for the chuckle 🙂
So true. But taking the time out to be with him and let his faithfulness wash over us, that’s the thing in this our too busy lives.
Excellent point! We’re so busy running around to and fro that we hardly give Him time to reveal His faithfulness. But when we do finally come around to acknowledging Him, He is always faithful to receive us back into His presence. It’s a beautiful and humbling thought.
Rebekah, thank you for sharing so honestly about your journey of faith. What you describe so artfully as having an epiphany about God that “released me from the cycle of trying and failing” is something that took many years of hard experience for me to learn. And like you, I need to have God keep reminding me that “It is finished”!
Amen, beautiful post!
Thank you. We serve a mighty, prayer answering God!