Monday, March 12, 2007

God's faithfulness

Sometimes we think we think in terms of God's faithfulness, only in how things turn out in our lives. If there's a good outcome, we think, "God is faithful." But if not, we just pray and wait. A good place to take; a good act of faith.

I think it's good to come to realize that, no matter what, God is faithful. Even when things don't work out, he is faithful. And to see that manifested in a heart of being content. Being at peace. And continuing to entrust all into the hands of God.

One of my favorite passages is at the end of Romans 8. We read there that no matter what we experience: hunger, persecution, even death itself, nothing in any way can at all separate us from the love of God, in Christ Jesus our Lord. Do we rest in this promise? Are we learning to rest better in our Lord? And in his great faithfulness?

What thought might you like to add here? (This morning, we experienced a power outage where we live. So I type this quickly, here at work. God has helped me to rest better, in his faithfulness, through this little, trivial trouble.)


Motu said...

These are great words. A good reminder that our God is not a vending machine. And that we should be grateful in whatever situation we're in because He is faithful.

Ted Gossard said...

Thanks, Motu. Well put. Good analogy.

Sometimes, of course, it is hard. But I think in those situations, people can learn to appreciate God's faithfulness in a way having more depth than the rest of us. And that can help our own faith. Though we have to go through our own deserts and darkest valleys, ourselves, to really get there (it seems).

Thanks for your comment, and for stopping by.

julie said...

These thoughts resonate with me. I guess it's OK to say, 'God is good' when things work our to our satisfaction - because it's true. We also need to be ready to say, 'God is good' when our house got blown away by a tornado.
I sincerely hope I don't get the opportunity to see if I can do both!

Odysseus said...

This is so true. I went through a very dark time in my life and my friends took me out for a drive just so I could unload. I was crying and hitting the dashboard of the car and yelling and cussing and . . . well, you get the picture. My friends were right there with me. No judgment. No condemnation. Just support. They cried right along with me. At one point, I said, 'You know? For all of our study and education and what not, when it all comes crashing around it doesn't account for sh**. I can only be like the woman with the issue of blood. "If I can just touch the hem of his garment". That's all I can do.' And that was enough. God was (is) faithful.

Thanks for the reminder.

Peace be with you.


Ted Gossard said...

Julie, Yes. We don't wish to go through the darkest valley, but we know that if/when we do, our Shepherd will be with us (Psalm 23).

Ted Gossard said...

Wonderful words, OD! Thanks so much for sharing that with us.

This reminds me of Michael Card's latest album, "The Hidden Face of God". And certain lyrics in it. Hopefully when I get home, later, I can share those lyrics here.

But we've all been there (to one degree or another). Bad if we're doing it alone. We need God, but we also need each other. We need to be there, for one another.

Ted Gossard said...

Here's the lyrics from Michael Card, the song "I Will Not Walk Away", music from a traditional Irish melody:

Don't read me pointless poems, friend,
Don't dialogue, don't condescend,
Though you may be right to disagree
I need someone to weep with me