I know God is good. I know God is always with me. I know God is in control. I know God is faithful and trustworthy.
But, how do I trust God's faithfulness when it seems like He isn't? Have you ever walked down this road? You know the truth in your head, but getting it to the heart ... well, that's a different story.
Here's what I've found helpful during these times:
Ask yourself, “Has there ever been a time in my life when God’s plans have failed? Has there ever been a time when God didn’t take care of me? Has there ever been a time when God left my side?” The answer is a resounding “no.” God is in the business of fulfilling His promises. When the Israelites entered the Promised Land, they could say with complete assurance: “None of the good promises the Lord your God made to you has failed. Everything was fulfilled for you; not one promise has failed (Joshua 23:14).” Paul wrote to the church at Corinth in 2 Corinthians 1:20 – “For every one of God’s promises is ‘Yes’ in Him. Therefore, through Him we also say ‘Amen’ to the glory of God.” In the midst of uncertainty, cling to the promises God gives us in His Word.
Remember specific examples of God’s faithfulness in your life. Make a list. Keep it nearby. On days when you question, pull out your list. If you can't think of anything, here's one: the fact that you are living and breathing is in actuality a testament to God's faithfulness.
Be faithful in the small things, even when you don’t feel like it. God will honor those baby steps. God will take that faithfulness and increase it. It’s not just about His faithfulness – yes, He will always be faithful regardless of your works. But, the blessings you can receive as a result of your faithfulness are a beautiful byproduct of your relationship with Christ. The reality is – the relationship you have with Christ isn’t about you. It’s not about what you can gain. It’s about Him. It's okay to say, "God, I don't understand, but even still, I will trust You."
God didn’t promise you an easy life. What He did promise is that He would walk with you through this life. That you could cling to Him in the good and the bad. That He would never leave you. That He is good. That He will work out all things for your good and for His glory. That might mean your life is different than you planned. But, God’s plans are so much greater, so much higher, so much more beautiful than we could imagine.
God has ALWAYS been faithful, and He will ALWAYS be faithful.