Reflections on God’s Faithfulness
We often find ourselves singing during worship or maybe during our prayers, “God, please do not let me go…” But if we think hard enough, do we realize that God doesn’t have the intention of letting go of us? In fact the Bible says “The Lord will never leave us nor forsake us.” Hebrews 13:6. Having said this, the reality is that, instead of God letting go of us, we are the ones who are letting go of Him. We often have heard of people saying, “Let go and let God”, this phrase simply means we are to let go of ourselves and all of our problems, releasing them to God, letting Him do what He has to do, and we are to trust Him. But the fact is that most of us are letting go of God rather than ourselves.
Perhaps next you might wonder, how do we let go of God? Simple, when we go astray, when we disobey God and when we do not trust Him. By letting go of God, you’re basically saying, “God, I’m going to ignore You to do my own things. I’m not holding Your hands and following You.” That is what letting go means – to be willing to open your hands and release what you are holding on to and literally giving it away freely.
Maybe it’s true that we do not let go of God intentionally, but let’s face the fact. We all, at one point in time of our lives have done that before. Let’s be honest with ourselves. Have there been times we have become impatient with God that we have decided for ourselves to do what we please instead of faithfully waiting upon Him? It’s easy to praise and trust God in the good times, but what about the bad times? Will we be found equally faithfully too?
Especially during times, when God seems silent and apparently so far away from us, when we felt that God is ignoring our cries. It is in these desperate times, that we should cling on to God even more. It is hard to go through these times, but we all have to experience them, it’s perhaps the best way if not the only way, our faith is being tested, our true character shows. These may be tough times, but definitely moments we have to learn to treasure as there are valuable lessons we can learn from. Sometimes when God is silent, it does not always mean He is ignoring us. It could be test of our faith, it could a time when God is teaching you patience, it could be time of self-reflection or simply just waiting upon Him.
While God promises that He will never leave us nor forsake us, He never said that we will always feel His presence. Now, this is something we must learn to know the difference and accept it. God is always looking down upon us, taking care of us and loving us, whether a not we know or feel it. The bible encourages us with these three verses –
Lamentation 3:22-23 – “The Lord’s loving-kindness indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning, great is thy faithfulness.” And
2 Tim 2:23 – “If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself,”
Hebrews 13:8 – “Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever.”
While, most of us do not like to go through this kind of tough moments, sometimes it can only be through these trying times, that we truly learn to recognize that without God, we are nothing. Sometimes, God must bring us to a place and break us so much that we must to come to a point of our recognition for God’s grace and mercy. Sometimes, that is God’s way of drawing us back to Him. If we truly understand God’s faithfulness and love towards us, are we then now willing to learn to trust Him and wait upon Him even through tough times? May we be found faithful, not only in the good times, but even more when in the bad.
The Lord is my Shepard, I shall not be in want
He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me besides the quiet waters
He restores my soul, He leads me in the path of righteousness for His namesake
Even though I wake through the valley of shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me, Your rod and staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemy, You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows
Surely goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life. And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
God bless you!
Serving with you in His Kingdom with love;
Princess Michelle –
Beloved Daughter the Most High King