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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Invincible (Promises & Prayers series)

Psalm 24:8 is one of my favorite verses:

Who is the King of glory?
The Lord, strong and mighty;
the Lord, invincible in battle. – NLT

Invincible literally means incapable of being conquered, defeated, or subdued. 

Monumental Arch at ancient city of Tyre, Lebanon

How many of us live our Christian lives with that powerful truth as the crux of our living?

Sadly, more often than not we tend to take an “ancient ruins perspective” on our God and on our walk with Him.

We know and read the amazing victories He brought about in the lives of our biblical brothers and sisters during Bible times.

And yet, somehow we see ourselves more as observers of great experiences of faith of yesterday rather than as participators in the great experiences of faith of today.

In our lives, difficult situations, and impossible circumstances, He is invincible.

He longs for us to believe Him to be that in our lives.

How many of us miss out because we lack faith? Our lack of faith is directly tied to what Father will and won’t do in our lives.

And He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith. – Mt 13:58

A powerfully amazing verse to start praying over the difficult situations, impossible circumstances, and fierce battles you are facing is Psalm 35:1-3 —

Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me;
fight against those who fight against me.
Take up shield and buckler;
arise and come to my aid.
Brandish spear and javelin
against those who pursue me.
Say to my soul,
“I am your salvation.”

Father longs for you to take Him at His word to do those very things on your behalf.

Will you ask in faith and believe Him to do so in your life?

An excellent resource to help you dig deeper and grow stronger in your prayer life is:

Pray Big: the Power of Pinpoint Prayers by Will Davis Jr. Pray Big by Will Davis Jr.

In Pray Big, Will Davis:

  • Explains the struggle we often have with prayer
  • Gives great examples of how he and others have been transformed through praying BHAPs — Big, Hairy, Audacious Prayers
  • Details specific steps of how to strengthen our prayer lives by praying specific, pinpoint prayers
  • Challenges us to consistently believe God to powerfully work on our behalf.

I highly encourage you to read it!

Our God is an invincible God of both yesterday and today. He invites us to tenaciously believe Him to victoriously contend, arise, and fight on our behalf in the difficult situations, impossible circumstances, and fierce battles we face.

Our God is incapable of being conquered, defeated, or subdued. 

May that truth embolden how we live today.

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