Tough Times

Walking around these walls
I thought by now they’d fall
But you have never failed me yet

Have you ever wondered, “Where’s God in this? When is He going to act?”  The Bible is full of stories of God’s miraculous, mighty hand at work. We read these stories and wonder how the people didn’t have more faith, but those living through it at the time didn’t know what was going to happen or how God would come through. Abraham and Sarah barely believed the promise of a son. Sarah even laughed at the idea of a 90-year-old woman having a baby! Jacob’s mom, Rebekah didn’t see how or when God was going to act, so she took matters into her own hands. The Israelites enslaved in Egypt thought it was impossible that Pharaoh would let them go free, even as they were being delivered! Then there’s Joshua with the people of Israel at Jericho. Doesn’t it sound crazy to think that only marching and shouting would bring a six-foot wide, tiered, fourteen-feet high wall crashing down?

Waiting for change to come
Knowing the battle’s won
For you have never failed me yet

There are so many more stories like David, Gideon, Job, Daniel and a great list in Hebrews 12. There are believers throughout history who could not predict what God would do, but chose to remain in faith anyway. They did not know when or how God would act, but they did know that they could trust Him to keep His promises. The people in all the Bible stories didn’t have the benefit of already knowing how it was going to turn out, just like we don’t. In the middle of a struggle: the waiting, the longing, and the dark times in our lives, we can’t see how God will act on our behalf, but we can sing our praise to Him and have confidence that God has never failed us yet, and He never will.

Growing Confidence

Your promise still stands
Great is your faithfulness, faithfulness
I’m still in your hands
This is my confidence, You’ve never failed me yet

We have proof that this is true. Our faith is strengthened as we read the Bible stories displaying God’s ability to do all things.  And what about within our own lifetime? We are strengthened in faith as we hear and share stories of God’s miraculous intervention in impossible situations over the centuries, as well as in our lives today. We can have confidence that God won’t fail because we have so many accounts of His faithfulness. He is enough – He is more than enough to meet our every need. He can and does give us the desires of our hearts, and He ultimately inspires our praise no matter what we’re facing right now.

I know the night won’t last
Your Word will come to pass
My heart will sing your praise again
Jesus you’re still enough
Keep me within your love
My heart will sing your praise again

We can sing praise with faith because we remember when He has acted mightily before. When we remember His faithfulness before, we know He can move in power and strength again. He can and will do it again.

Remember His Faithfulness

I’ve seen You move, You move the mountains
And I believe I’ll see You do it again
You made a way, where there was no way
And I believe I’ll see You do it again

I have a challenge for you. Put this song on repeat and take 10 minutes to remember God’s faithfulness to you and stories of God’s faithfulness that you’ve heard.  Recall times that He has moved in your life. What has He done that you thought couldn’t be done? If you are struggling to remember anything, start by considering this post. You’re not just reading this by chance. God brought you to this content for some reason, perhaps to encourage you and remind you of His faithfulness and great strength. What else has God done, no matter how small? Ask the Holy Spirit to remind you. After 10 minutes recalling God’s awesome display of power in your life, what is the one big thing you are still praying and waiting for? Think for a few minutes about how Jesus is enough to sustain you through the waiting for this big thing and that all the evidence that you just recalled from memory proves that God will come through for you. He didn’t fail you before when things were hard, and He’s not going to fail you now. How great is His faithfulness!

Your promise still stands
Great is your faithfulness, faithfulness
I’m still in your hands
This is my confidence, You’ve never failed me yet

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I loved this song the first time I heard it. When I waa going through a tough time recently, I had this song and some others on repeat and played them all day and all night. Now that I am on the other side, I listen with grateful tears! Your promise still stands should be our anthem. It is true whether we feel like it is or not. Repeat it until your soul “gets it!”