When things are going well, it’s easy to affirm that, “Yes, God is perfectly faithful in each and every circumstance.” And yet, when our lives are filled with difficult circumstances and trying situations, it’s harder to believe.
Even still, God either is perfectly faithful in each and every circumstance or He is not.
Isaiah 25:1,9: O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.
In that day they will say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the Lord, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”
Especially in the tough seasons of our lives, it’s easy to affirm that God has been perfectly faithful in the past, but affirming it in the midst of hard circumstances is more difficult to do.
When your . . .
- friend or family member doesn’t get healed though you’ve prayed fervently for their healing
- bills seem insurmountable with the money you make
- job applications get rejected one after another
- health continues to worsen though you continue to fully believe in and ask for God’s healing
- best attempts to heal and mend the broken relationships in your life seem to bring more agony, distance, and strife
- prayers seemingly go unanswered
- attempts to be freed from the depression, emotional turmoil, or grief you’re going through seem leave you unchanged
The list could go on and on, and yet in every difficult and hard circumstance our continuing forward steadfastly in faith or falling into doubt and despair lies in our choice of perspective.
Go back and read the full text of Isaiah 25:1-9, and notice the phrase that introduces verse 9:
In that day they will say. . .
2 Corinthians 5:7 affirms the reality that, “We live by faith, not by sight.”
Many circumstances of many days, we will have to choose between affirming by faith that God is being perfectly faithful in a circumstance that seems to our human eyes that God has forgotten, overlooked, or left us on our own to deal with it.
Nick Vujicic lives each day without arms or legs and still lives a vibrant testimony of walking by faith, not sight.
Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah. In The Chronicles of Narnia, the person of Jesus is depicted by the character of the lion Aslan. One of the most poignant quotes made in the movie is spoken by the character of Mr. Beaver:
“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
We want Jesus to oversee our lives in a safe, predictable way, according to our comforts. Yet, what we will find instead is that His goodness is what we ultimately desire.
For in His goodness, regardless of what the seen circumstances around us scream, we come to know that He truly is the Blessed Controller of all things and He does everything in perfect faithfulness.
And so we look to that day when we will see with 20/20 eyes of faith. In that moment, we will fall to our knees in praise and in awe and worship say along with the rest of the saints:
“Surely this is our God; we trusted in Him, and He saved us. This is the Lord, we trusted in Him; let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.”
And until that day, we will walk by faith, not by sight with the tenacious and unyielding belief that He is perfectly faithful in everything.