Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; Deuteronomy 7:9
When you can’t see a thing. When it looks like all His promises stand contradicted? That’s when you know what you believe.
In Mere Christianity C. S. Lewis wrote,
“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
That sounds great when it isn’t happening to you! But what if you’re the guy with the “house” God is taking apart?
God plans make sense when your life doesn’t!
When life is coming apart at the seams, that is when our faith has to lock onto God like a heat seeking missile! It’s when our worship become vital and our praise turns into a sacrifice.
Frankly, I have survived much of what I’ve been through by song. Were it not for the songs and the music? I don’t know if my faith would have survived. (I know. I know. I’m not supposed to say that.) But, I honestly admit to you that when my life made no sense to me, it was worship that kept me going.
My worship became the spiritual air that I breathed!
Our grief becomes a magnate for His faithful love.
It was also Lewis who wrote,
“We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, ‘Blessed are they that mourn,’ and I accept it. I’ve got nothing that I hadn’t bargained for. Of course it is different when the thing happens to oneself, not to others, and in reality, not imagination.”
― C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
So yes, I know that it is part of “the deal.” But when sorrow and loss park at your door? That is when you discover what you truly believe.
Nothing will test our faith like the personal reality of suffering some tragedy.
And, it’s then, that you will come to know His faithfulness like you have never known it before!
And He is faithful.