I’m heading home. After a little more than three weeks away, I’m on the road as I type and I’m reflecting over all that I’ve experienced. I’m considering what God has shown me. One truth about God that deepens with each passing year is the awareness of His faithfulness. He is true to His Word and He is good.
God’s determined faithfulness is one of the takeaways I’m meditating on during this long drive home.
In the Dominican Republic, He allowed me to meet women from across the globe who are intently pursuing Him. They are focused on exalting Christ and have a hunger to grow in His Word. One thing I’m taking away from that experience is: “Don’t grow weary in doing good” (2 Thess. 3:13).
I confess, one of the greatest areas of discouragement for me is when there seems to be little response to truth; when the easy way is chosen, rather than picking up the cross and making the tough choices of obedience.
It is hard for me to watch believers choosing less than what God has for them.
I’m too easily discouraged. Because when I read the Apostle Paul’s letters, it is obvious that he had to continually prod lazy believers into a disciplined life. But Paul stayed the course; He didn’t let opposition or desertion affect his intensity or his joy.
It’s not that my expectations are too high (Scripture calls us to be spiritually mature), but my faith is too small. My lack of faith can easily drift into cynicism and negative criticism. And that’s a dangerous place.
God worked on me with that during this trip. One of God’s precious gifts to me in the D. R. was the experience of being with a large group of passionate believers (from all across the globe) who live out the call to daily surrender. He reminded me of the important truth that His work will continue, will not be thwarted, but it will thrive and flourish—even if I don’t see it happening in my own community or nation. His mission is filling the earth with His glory and one day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess His Lordship (Isa. 45:22–24).
God showed me His tender faithfulness by supplying encouragement at a time when He knew I really needed it.
On the heels of that mountaintop experience, God stretched me with physical and spiritual challenges. He put me in that place of intimacy that I’ve often referred to as the gap between my abilities and His mission. But again, He allowed me to experience the testing that proved He is faithful to keep His commitment. He always provides the grace that we need to obey all He calls us to. And as never before, I experienced the reality of His power at work in my weakness.
The opportunity to depend on God in greater ways allows us to discover new facets of His faithfulness.
Today, I’m heading home and already my heart is heavy for the family I leave behind. Leaving little ones that I would love to have in my lap on a daily basis, and family that I long to spend more time with, always puts me in a melancholy mood as the miles tick by on the long road home. So little time, so few moments for all that is on my heart. But even in my melancholy fog, I am still encouraged, as I reflect on God’s true faithfulness these past few weeks. He brought a new little one into our family and He watched over her when things looked pretty scary. He gave me many special moments to hold her close and snuggle her with love.
Truly, He is the Friend who sticks closer than a brother, and a kind and gracious King. He is faithful.
[box]For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. (Ps. 33:4)[/box]
[box]Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. (Ps. 36:5)[/box]
He is the faithful One. We can count on Him. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
How have you experienced His faithfulness recently?
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