It easy to say, “God is always for you.” to someone who is in a difficult season, when moments are more beautiful and easy for. There is more receptivity to this truth when you have positive feelings to back it up. What happens when you feel betrayed, angry, or even resentment towards God as his goodness transforms due to the perspective of our lives, the ups, and downs? Is he still for you? Is he still good?
The automatic answer is yes he is still good because he never changes. As humans we deal not only with absolute statements in our constantly changing worlds and lives, but feelings and emotions, as well as beyond difficult situations that challenges our faith, leads us to our knees in surrender and repentance or leave our hearts hardened from God all together because forgiveness is too much, holding on to pain is easier in order to protect ourselves. Though I am using a lot of pronouns of we, and us I am talking mainly of myself. I also know that it would be prideful of me to think that I am the only one on this earth who has struggled with forgiveness, who has struggled with pain, and letting go of anger and bitterness in order to hold onto Jesus, actually trusting him.
Trusting is not a one time commitment and choice, it is daily. Love is not a one time commitment and choice it is daily. The goodness of God does not change because our life constantly changes a we grow like flowers opening an closing to the sun.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” – James 1:17
With the Father there is not variation or shadow due to change, there is no possible change due to the downs in our lives. He is the same, he is the loving, just, caring, all powerful father that will continue to work with us as we journey in our relationship with Jesus. As the son of God, Jesus assures you that it’s in his spiritual DNA to never change.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” -Hebrew 13:8
He is for you, he is always good. Your pain, your struggles, your trails will not cause him to change, walk away, even turn away if you decided to walk away for he loves you and cherishes your heart. His foundation is love and truth. Let him love you, and if you’re not ready, take your time in getting to know him all over again as Abba Father. For he loves you and there is nothing you can do about it.
Prayer in Life’s Changes: Lord work with me in knowing that you are good no matter what. Understanding that your goodness does not change with the constant changes of my life. I thank you for your grace and mercy in my life. I thank you Lord for your direction even if it is a small shift. I’ll hold your hand as you hold my heart. Amen.
READING // PSALM 42