{And If Not, You Are Still Good}

IN EVERY
SEASON
YOU ARE STILL GOD.
THROUGH IT ALL,
YOU ARE FAITHFUL.
I WILL TRUST
IN YOU.

Do we really believe this? Do we truly believe that no matter our circumstances, God is good and faithful, and that He has our best interest at heart? Do we really believe that no matter what hardships may come, or how desperate our situation may seem, God is still in control and worthy of our praise? Do we believe that even when His answer is “no,” He is still good?

I think as Christians, we sometimes develop this mindset that just because I believe in God, my life is automatically going to be carefree, full of blessings, and without any pain, struggle, or temptation. But that’s the farthest thing from the truth.

As believers, we are still going to walk through the fire. We still will face deep hurt, death, pain, injustice, and so much more. But the beautiful thing is that God’s Word promises us in Isaiah that:

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” {Isaiah 43:2}

Just because we are believers doesn’t mean we are exempt from hard times. Rather, it means that when life happens and we go through the fire, God is with us. His word promises us that we will not be consumed. It will not be the end. We will overcome.

Something God has been teaching my heart lately is this:

 I am always good.

You see, I have spent a lot of time the past few months praying for Brandon and football. And even though I am praying and believing God for BIG things still to come, I have to constantly remind myself that God is in control. I still believe that the powerful prophetic words spoken over Brandon’s life will come to pass, dreams will be fulfilled, and prayers will be answered. However, at the same time I know that all I can do is trust God’s plan, and submit to His will every step of the way. The truth is, for all that God has done for Brandon this season, if Brandon never got to play another minute on the field, God would still be good and faithful and worthy of my praise. Not because of our situation, but because of who He is.

And even though I believe in my heart that God is just beginning with Brandon’s story, I still have to remind myself that God is God. He is in control, and whatever may come, He knows the future and has our best interest at heart.

When we allow our situations and hardships to get the best of us, we are essentially saying that our feelings and emotions take precedence over what God says. We so easily allow our eyes to turn away from HIM, and instead focus on our earthly situations in front of us.

It reminds me a lot of the story of Peter. When the storm was raging all around him, Peter fixed his eyes on Jesus. When he looked to Him and Him alone, he was able to do the impossible: step out of the boat and walk on water. The second Peter took his eyes off of Jesus, and began to look at the waves and storm around him, he began to sink.

When we completely rely on Jesus, and fix our eyes on Him and Him alone, we can do the impossible. We realize that no matter what is happening around us, no matter how big the storms of life are or how much pain, hurt, and hardship we may be facing, Jesus is in control. We can confidently step ahead even when we do not understand, knowing and believing that “He causes ALL things to work together for our good.” {Romans 8:28} His faithful hand is holding us, carrying us through. We can walk through the storms of life because we know who controls them. We can choose joy despite the hardships because we know God has purpose in all things.

Something I challenge all of you to do is this: Go through the Word of God and find God’s promises that speak directly to your situation. Write them down in a journal, and daily pray them over your situation. Declare them with confidence knowing that God is in control, and that His Word is true.

Numbers 23:19 says:

“God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?”

God is faithful. Regardless of your situation, or the hardships you are facing, He is in control. He is still good. His word is true and real. You can trust Him knowing that He will do what He promises us.

Even when we don’t understand why things are happening, or what the future may hold, we can confidently declare that our God is good. Trust Him.

No matter what may come your way, fix your eyes on the One who is in control of it all. In life you will face hardships, but you’ll never walk through them alone. God is with you. His faithful hand will carry you. So go ahead. Step out of the boat and confidently walk ahead knowing that the storms raging all around you will not consume you. Fix your eyes on Him, and you will do the impossible.

 

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  1. This is an awesome post! I’ve been reminding myself of this a lot lately. Just declaring God’s goodness over situations in my life more and more often. I love in 2 Corinthians when Paul is talking about the thorn in his flesh and how he’s pleaded with God to remove it and the Lord said to him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

    It just shows me that God will accomplish His purposes in and through us without removing the thorn that, we feel, hinders us. As you said, God is God, and there’s something to be learned through the adversity. Amen!

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