The greatest challenge many of us face in the circumstances of life is to calmly rest in the reality of our God’s faithfulness. We intellectually believe His faithfulness is an intrinsic aspect of who He is and we confess that belief in all sincerity and without hesitation. Then the test comes. Life suddenly turns upside down on us and we find ourselves scrambling to reverse this change of circumstances as if we’ve forgotten God even exists and cares.
But He does. When Joseph’s brothers sold Him into slavery, God was there. When Israel stood at the edge of the Red Sea and Moses cried out in fear, God was there. When the three Hebrew children were thrown into the fiery furnace, God was there. When Lazarus died and Martha fumed, God was there. When Paul was imprisoned in isolation, God was there. When Jesus breathed His last breath and the hopes of His disciples vanished, God was there.
Joseph became Prime Minister. Israel became a great people in a great land. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego walked out and a great King saw God’s power. Lazarus was raised up and the testimony of Jesus spread like wildfire. Paul wrote most of His NT epistles from prison. Jesus took away our sin upon His death and three days later rose from the grave, giving us New Life.
When things seem dismal, our God is there, working out His eternal plan in our lives! He is faithful in every situation you and I will ever face. When we are afraid, He is our courage. When we are upset, He is our peace. When our faith is shaky, His faith is strong. Even if we are faithless, He is faithful still. When we are confused, He is in control. When we don’t understand, He does.
At Mount Sinai, the people kept their distance when they looked ahead into the darkness, but Moses walked into the cloud of darkness, “where God was” (Exodus 20:21. Don’t be afraid of the darkness because it is there that you will feel your Father’s embrace and hear His gentle reassurance, “It’s okay. I am with you and I have everything under control.” Even when it doesn’t look or feel like it, things will all work out because every detail of your life is under the supervision of Pure Love.