God is Faithful
Mar 3, 2021 | by Andrea Stephens
We all have a story. You have one. I have one. There are things we like about our stories and things that we don’t. High points and low points. Times of messiness, times of calm, times of pain, times of peace, times of disappointment, times of joy.
Yet, there is a common thread that weaves the ups and downs of life together—from our past to our present. Here it is: Jesus was always there.
It’s a fact. Even before we became children of God (John 1:12-13), He was there drawing us to Himself. And just as Jesus promised not to leave us as orphans, He sent His Holy Spirit to abide with us and in us (John 14:16-18, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Jesus made another promise. As He spoke to the disciples, he speaks to us today: And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age. I will never leave you nor forsake you (Matthew 28:20, Hebrews 13:5).
Jesus was there. Always has been, always will be. That brings to mind Dolly Parton’s new duet with Zach Williams called There Was Jesus. The song talks about trying to make it on your own, building a life that crashes to the ground and friends that suddenly can’t be found—through the hurting and the healing the person can see now that in every situation, Jesus was there.
But what about the times when we’ve felt like He wasn’t there when He was nowhere to be found when it felt like He was MIA? The bottom line: separate fact from feelings. The fact is, scripture confirms that God is with His children. The fact is, whether we saw His handiwork or felt His presence, He was there.
Yes, there was Jesus. Reknitting our unraveled edges, strengthening us when we thought we couldn’t take it anymore, guiding us through turbulent changes that we didn’t ask for, comforting us when our heart was breaking—every situation we have been in. There. Was. Jesus.
Though not always revealing His purposes for our life’s ups and downs, it is His prerogative to conceal a matter (Proverbs 25:2). It’s necessary to remember that His ways are higher than our ways, His thoughts are higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:9).
This is where faith and trust come into play. We have faith that He is there based on His promises. We trust in His goodness and sovereignty, even when we don’t have the answers we think we need.
I encourage you to grab your journal, get settled in a quiet place, and spend time reflecting on how Jesus has been present in your life over the years. Ask Him to show you where He was working behind the scenes when you couldn’t see what He was up to. Look for the evidence of His presence. I pray this will be a sweet time between you and the Lord.
Then, invite a friend to our Women’s Spring Gathering on March 12 to hear how Jesus has always been there in the life of our guest artist, Nichole Nordeman. Her beautiful voice and storytelling ability will be uplifting and encouraging to your walk with the Lord. Sign Up Today at asburytulsa.org/women2021