Sometimes God works behind the scenes… sometimes His work is center stage and the star of the show. Regardless of whether you can see Him working in your life or not, He truly is. You are not unnoticed by Jesus. Your prayers do not go unheard. He sees you. He is piecing the puzzle of your life together and the comforting thing about it all, is that He already knows what the whole picture looks like. We can trust Him. :)
“These troubles test your faith and prove that it is pure. And such faith is worth more than gold. Gold can be proved to be pure by fire, but gold will ruin. When your faith is proven to be pure, the result will be praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ comes.”
1 Peter 1:7 ERV
When we face tests and challenges in life, we have two options: to follow our feelings, or to follow the Word of the Living God. We know we do not live by our emotions, because these change constantly; rather we live by the foundation God has given us in His Word, that is unchanging and trustworthy. When we follow God’s Word and remain obedient in hard times, God is glorified. When you put our faith in Him, He promises to be our always present help. The day is near, when every effort and our faithfulness to the Lord will be rewarded. Don’t lose hope. Wait on Him.
God, I cannot do anything apart from You. There is no good in my life without You. How? Without You, I am impatient. I fear the future. I get angry easily. I do not love my neighbor. I am selfish. But with You, Lord… I am able to trust in Your timing and the plans You have for me. With you, I am slow to anger and remember that every person, no matter how crazy they make me, is someone YOU died for. With You, I remember to lay down my pride and love people because you love them! See Lord, without You, I cannot make it in this world. There is no good in me without You. YOU are the good in me! I would be falling apart without You. THANK YOU LORD FOR EVERY GOOD THING YOU BRING TO MY LIFE!!!!
Imagine how differently you might approach each day by simply stating: God is good. God is good to me. God is good at being God. And today is yet another page in our great love story. Nothing that happens to you today will change that or even alter it in the slightest way. Lift your hands, heart, and soul, and receive that truth as you pray this prayer: My whole life I’ve searched for a love to satisfy the deepest longings within me to be known, treasured, and wholly accepted. When You created me, Lord, Your very first thought of me made Your heart explode with a love that set You in pursuit of me. Your love for me was so great that You, the God of the whole universe, went on a personal quest to woo me, adore me, and finally grab hold of me with the whisper, “I will never let you go.” Lord, I release my grip on all the things I was holding on to, preventing me from returning Your passionate embrace. I want nothing to hold me but You. So, with breathless wonder, I give You all my faith, all my hope, and all my love. I picture myself carrying the old, torn-out boards that inadequately propped me up and placing them in a pile. This pile contains other things I can remove from me now that my new intimacy-based identity is established. I lay down my need to understand why things happen the way they do. I lay down my fears about others walking away and taking their love with them. I lay down my desire to prove my worth. I lay down my resistance to fully trust Your thoughts, Your ways, and Your plans, Lord. I lay down being so self-consumed in an attempt to protect myself. I lay down my anger, unforgiveness, and stubborn ways that beg me to build walls when I sense hints of rejection. I lay all these things down with my broken boards and ask that Your holy fire consume them until they become weightless ashes. And as I walk away, my soul feels safe. Held. And truly free to finally be me.
Lysa TerKeurst, Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely