Did you know that the absolute Truth of God’s Word hasn’t been cancelled by Covid? It absolutely applies to the things we face today – uncertainty, cancellations, rules and restrictions, sickness, fear and unrest.
This week I’ve been thinking about three pillars from the book Experiencing God (a study that deeply impacted me as a teenager and that I highly recommend to you). I’ll share them below along with a few verses from my recent Bible reading.
God is love – His will is always best.
- O my Strength, to you I sing praises, for you, O God, are my refuge, the God who shows me unfailing love. Psalms 59:17
- O Lord my God, you have performed many wonders for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. You have no equal. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them. Psalms 40:5
God is all knowing – His directions are always right.
- The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Psalms 37:23
- Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. Proverbs 19:21
God is all powerful – He can enable me to do His will.
- Jesus replied, “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God.” Matthew 22:29
- Fear the Lord, you his godly people, for those who fear Him will have all they need. Psalms 34:9
I have seen those truths about God and His Word to be absolutely true in my own life as I’ve walked through seasons of difficulty. Those truths don’t change our circumstances, but they can change us (Psalm 84:6). It’s our choice. We can allow 2020 to make us roll our eyes and scoff in disgust as we beg for life to be easy again, or we can open our hands and declare the truths that God is love, all knowing and all powerful.
My life isn’t supposed to easy, certain or free of difficulty. My life is supposed to look like Jesus, so whatever path makes me more like Him, I can say, “I’m in!” Suffering is necessary for spiritual growth. It is not something to be avoided, because it is an opportunity for praise as we surrender to God’s perfect plan for our lives!
This sounds hard, doesn’t it? I love this quote from Wendy Alsup, “I can face the hard [things] of life head on, confident in the grace of God that meets us not outside the hard but in the darkest, innermost recesses of pain and suffering.” God’s grace is there for you and it’s there for me. ❤
- How To Respond To The Noises of 2020
- Where is God in the Coronavirus?
- How To Find The Beauty in Suffering