Is God Perfectly Faithful in Everything?

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.

Bethany Hamilton shares her story of learning to walk by faith, not by sight in her movie Soul Surfer.

Nick Vujicic lives each day without arms or legs and still lives a vibrant testimony of walking by faith, not sight.

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lion restingJesus 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.

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Focus Lies [Poem]

 

standing on the edge

He had been sick for thirty-eight years

He laid in crowds of the blind, the lame, and the paralyzed
Someone always got to the water ahead of him
His life was a loss because of what he could not do

Jesus came to him one day and asked, “Would you like to get well?”
It must’ve almost seemed like mockery to be asked such a thing
But with one glance into Jesus’ eyes
The man knew His love was true
Yet his focus was not on the Savior but rather the pool
He told the One who works miracles, “I can’t because. . .”

How many of us also spend our lives by the pool
losing hope each time someone else gets there ahead of us
We wonder why our limitations and suffering go on and on
And why after all the tears we’ve cried
Jesus still asks us the question of
“Would you like to get well?”
As we gutturally reply, “Yes!. . .a million times yes!”

So often we’re so focused on the pool that we don’t see our Healer
Yet Jesus comes to us anyway
and quietly reminds us that it’s our fears that hold us captive
our bodies can be sick
but our spirits can be free
when we take our focus off of the pool and fix our eyes on our Savior
who inwardly renews us day by day
even as our bodies waste away (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

“Where does your focus lie?” He asks with a twinkle in His eye
Would you like to get well?
Would you like to be free regardless of the limitations and suffering that seem to weigh you down and hold you back?
My strength is limitless, My grace is fathomless,
My love is unfailing and My faithfulness is unending
My power enables you to be alive and even to thrive
Whether you’re laying by the pool or taking up your mat and walking away
Let your focus be on Me and I will use you mightily
And one day you will see how I redeemed every moment you laid by the pool

Originally published in August 2007 and later added to my poem book, His ComfortBased on John 5:1-9

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For more encouragement, Rest Ministries is a great resource for those who live with chronic illness or pain.

My Journey: I developed chronic fatigue syndrome in 2000. In November 2007, Father miraculously healed me of it. I continue to walk in His strength even as I daily deal with the effects of a weakened immune system — prone to fatigue and infection – 2 Cor 12:9-10.

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He has only begun . . . (Promises & Prayers series)

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Beginnings . . . they’re exciting things. Whether it’s the start of a new day, a new job, a new relationship, or a new adventure, beginnings contain a sense of hopeful excitement at their possibilities.

Some beginnings lead to to amazing and wonderful things. Others lead to disappointments and even heartaches. Even with sad endings, it is probable that they started with a hopeful beginning.

Eventually the newness wears off. Normalcy sets in. Exciting surprises become everyday expectations. We are finite beings living in a fallen world.

Is there a beginning that will not fade or receive the tired reply of, “been there, done that”?

I believe Moses spoke the truth of that kind of beginning at the end of his 120 years of life.

O Sovereign Lord, You have only begun to show Your greatness and the strength of Your hand to me, Your servant. Is there any god in heaven or on earth who can perform such great and mighty deeds as you do? – Dt. 3:24 NLT

Moses spoke that truth about God — who is infinite, holy, & perfectly faithful (Is 25:1, 9).

You have only begun . . .

As a believer, that phrase applies to every situation, every moment of your day.

And like Moses, when you are nearing your last breath, you will still be able to say,O Sovereign Lord, You have only begun to show Your greatness and the strength of Your hand to me, Your servant. . . . – Dt. 3:24 NLT

God, You have only begun to show me Your greatness and the strength of Your hand over my:

  • marriage/relationships
  • family
  • job
  • financial situation
  • hurts/wounds
  • disappointments/shattered dreams
  • future
  • past
  • addictions
  • health
  • ministry
  • church

The list could go on and on — until we have covered every aspect of our lives.

There are two lenses needed to fully see God’s greatness and the strength of His hand over every area of our lives:

  1. Obedience – Hebrews 3:15
  2. Faith –  Matthew 13:58

How would our perspectives change if we approached each new day with an attitude of:

Father, in this day, in the situations I face, I choose to believe by faith that You have only begun to show me Your greatness and the strength of Your hand.

I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? – Jeremiah 32:27

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