‘He has made everything appropriate in its time.’ Ecclesiastes 3:11 NAS
Giving up in mid-ride isn’t an option—it’s foolish! A depressed church member told his pastor, ‘I’m tired of trying. I’ve been down so long, I can’t muster up the faith to believe God for deliverance anymore.’ The pastor said, ‘First, you can never justify quitting, because you have the Lord on your side. He won’t quit on you, He promised He’ll “never leave you nor forsake you …do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV) Second, His Word says, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful—for He cannot deny Himself.” (2 Timothy 2:13 ESV) It’s not just a matter of your faith, it’s a matter of His faithfulness. When you can’t seem to believe, instead of focusing on your faith in Him (or the lack of it), begin to focus on His faithfulness to you!’ What great counsel for the roller-coaster ride of life. Now, let’s add some more encouraging observations. Third, God doesn’t owe us an explanation so we shouldn’t look for one, but He promises us an exit. “At the time you are put to the test, He will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 GNT) Until He gets you out of it, He’ll get you through it. Your part is to stay on the roller-coaster. Fourth, He’s producing good in all your circumstances. “And we know that all things work together for good to them…who are the called.” (Romans 8:28 KJV) God puts pits and peaks together, and out comes your good. Fifth, while He does so, the Son and Spirit intercede with the Father for you, daily (See Romans 8:26–32 and 34–39). With all that going for you, how can you fail to make it?
SoulFood: Is 26–29, Jn 7:1–13, Ps 114, Prov 28:1–4
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023