Can you stop long enough to see that God has carried you through every season of your life?
No matter how tough things were, he was there leading you with his grace and mercy.
I can tell you stories of times when my eyes could not see how I was going to make it, but when I fixed my thoughts on God there was a peace that went beyond my understanding.
I want to see how things are going to work out, I want to be sure of the next step before I take it.
But God requires me to have faith. To trust him for what I cannot see and that’s when I grow.
Isaiah 26:3,4 “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal rock.”
It’s one thing to say God is good, but when things go bad, are those words still freely flowing from your lips?
I have watched dear friends walk through the unspeakable and through their tears and pain I have seen them lift their hands in praise to the God who is good, because deep in their hearts they knew that God would be there. They knew he would come and bring deliverance even when the news was less than favorable. They knew the character of the God they believed in.
Life changes when we no longer let our emotions rule but instead we let the word of God be our compass; our source of peace and strength to face the impossible.
Let’s face it, life is messy: plans change, jobs are lost, we feel the pain of betrayal, people we love die, and the life we dreamed of is in shambles.
Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
If we fix our thoughts on God who never changes (that means no matter what changes in our life he remains the same) God can be trusted, and his character shows who he is.
God is all wisdom: He makes no mistakes. Romans 11:33 “Oh how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible for us to understand his decisions and his ways!”
God is infinite: He is without limits. Revelations 1:8 ” ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.’ ”
God is sovereign: He is supreme, he is in control of everything that happens and he knows what is best for us. Psalm 95:3 “For the Lord is a great God, a great king above all gods. He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest of mountains. The sea belongs to him, for he made it. His hands formed the dry land too.”
God is faithful: Everything God promises in his word will come to pass. Psalm 36:5 “Your unfailing love O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.”
So you see when we fix our thoughts on God we are not just thinking about him we are giving him permission to have his way with us as we press into him.
Rather life turns out the way you wanted it to or not, becomes less important.
What matters is how you respond.
If God is good all the time, then are we praising him all of the time even when we can’t see clearly?
When my world seems foggy and unsteady I must hold on to his promises to get me through. When the waves of my circumstances surround me, I must anchor myself to his truth.
“When you can not see the hand of God, trust his heart.”
For all that you might be facing my dear friend, I pray the Lord bless you with his presence, that no matter what you are going through you know he is near. I pray the Lord keep you right where you need to be as he makes you more like him. May the Lord make his face shine upon you, so that others will see his goodness through you. May the Lord our God be gracious to you, giving you his peace and joy through it all. In His most Holy name I pray, Amen.
Through it all it is well.
Praying for you,