God is faithful.
Have you ever felt alone? Better yet, have you ever felt like your problem was too insignificant for God that you decided you did not need His help? That used to be me. I would say “God has so much to worry about. He doesn’t need to worry about me.” As people, and young women specifically, we have trouble with that. We either feel like we have the situation under control or that there are problems bigger than our own so therefore we should suffer through. I used to be a perfectionist. Because of that, every problem that I faced made me feel like I was failing. I would tell myself that I need to do better and I need to be stronger. Why? Because there are people dealing with more than me. Or so I thought. I was inflicting insignificance onto myself and as a perfectionist, that did not bode well with me. I was lying to myself about my struggle and my God. God cares whether you, as His child, are going through something as hard as a death in your family or as small as losing your car keys on Monday morning. He cares when you’re in pain. He cares when you’re sad. He rejoices when you do and is excited for you when you accomplish something! He is faithful. All the time.
Lamentations 3:22-23 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.
Psalms 91:4 He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
These verses bring great hope to me. My God never stops loving me, He will never stop forgiving me, He protects me from evil, and He will never leave. He is always there when I need Him most. I have learned why we are to rejoice in our struggles. Once we are on the other side of that struggle we become stronger. We come out of the other side of the storm closer to God and with faith restored. My mistakes, my sufferings, my pain has made me every ounce of who I am today. Closer to the image of my Heavenly Father and these seemingly “bad” circumstances have introduced me to the best people in my life and have led me to great opportunities. In church recently, my pastor told us something incredible. We read 1 Peter 1:6-7 which speaks about how faith gets refined as gold when we go through trials. Pastor told us that, in Peter’s time, the goldsmiths would peer over the gold they had refined and if they could see their reflection, they knew it was pure. That is how God’s faithfulness is shown through trials. He never puts us in any situation that would be too much for us to bear; instead he puts us through just enough fire that we become refined just as gold, so by the time we reach Heaven, He can look at His children and see Himself. In the meantime, He will walk with us every step of the way, holding our hand as we go through our storms of this life.
Written by: Kristen