We are two weeks into November and I have yet to recover from October. Does anyone else agree that October was a hard month? It seemed like everyone I knew was dealing with major life stuff, myself included. Not to mention we had an election on our hands that was driving people apart. I dealt with a diagnosis that made almost every health problem I have had over the past 5 years start to make sense.
I had days I was frustrated with the Lord and sat in my disappointment. They were days I felt fine and could conquer the world. They were days I felt detached and exhausted. I don’t even feel like I was myself for most of the month. I questioned the Lord, I prayed with an honest and open heart. I focused on what I was thankful for and how He has provided before. As a result, I hit a new level of intimacy with Him because of this. My story and testimony is stronger. I learned and experienced new things about His character I wouldn’t change.
Each day over the past 6 weeks, I have had to daily go back to the basics of God’s character. These are the pillars of truth I have clung to with the ups and down we call life. These are the constants that bind up my heart and keep me grounded. These are the promises I know to be true:
1. God is good
But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.
2. God is faithful
Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.
3. God is sovereign
The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
4. God is immutable
But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.
Some days will be hard and the tears will flow. Some days will be full of life and joy. Days will all feel different– not in spite of God’s promises– but because of the promises. For those in Christ, God will do what it takes to display Himself in our lives and with that display will come your greatest joy. He is good, He is faithful, He is sovereign, He is immutable. With those four truths dwelling in your heart, you can walk through anything and showing others the greatest joy they can ever have: intimacy with Christ.