As I write this, it’s gray and dreary outside. We’re expecting what the local news has called, “An epic, epic blizzard!”
Dreary days are one thing, but dreary seasons are quite another. Those seasons when it feels dark and there’s no light at the end of the tunnel are beyond challenging. The children of Israel likely felt discouraged as they wandered through the barren desert for 40 years. That’s a long time to be in a dreary land! Yet, after they came through, God reminded them that their shoes and clothing did not wear out. All they needed He had provided (Deuteronomy 29:5).
Here’s the thing: while wandering through the desert, the Israelites likely didn’t feel God’s faithfulness. It was probably in looking back that reality dawned on them that God had been faithful the whole time!
God knew His people might forget, so all through the scriptures there are reminders of His faithfulness. We need these reminders even today as we journey through our own personal wilderness. Here are just 3 reminders to get you started.
Reminders of God’s Faithfulness
Psalm 33:4. “For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.” Hey, take a moment and circle that word, “all.” It’s so easy to forget, but here’s the truth: God simply can’t be unfaithful because His nature is faithful. May I encourage you? When it seems like God has left you hanging by a thread, when it seems like hope is gone and you feel like you’re going to go under, remind yourself that God is faithful! He is faithful in all He does. He said He would never leave you (Hebrews 13:5) and He won’t.
Psalm 111:7-8. “The works of His hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy. They are established forever and ever, enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.” At times when God appears silent, we wonder, “Is God really good?” Satan tempts us to believe that maybe God is not quite as good as we thought. The truth, however, is that God’s nature is completely good and all that He does is good and right.
Psalm 119:90. “Your faithfulness continues through all generations.” It’s easy to worry and grow anxious about the difficulties the next generation will face. If you have kids you wonder, “Will they follow Jesus as they get older and face challenges?” If you have grandkids you wonder, “Will they love and trust Jesus as they grow up?” This verse needs to be circled in every parent’s and grandparent’s Bible because the truth is, even if your kids or grands walk away from their faith, God will never stop pursuing them! You can trust Him.
How do we internalize these truths? I have found one of the best ways is to look back. Trace all the ways God has been faithful in your past. Make a timeline and write them down. Then spend time praising God that He has been faithful in the past and He will be faithful in the future!
Recently, I discovered this brand new song by Vertical Worship. Take a few moments and listen to it. Allow the words to prompt your worship. I’m guessing you, like me, will be encouraged!