“The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24).
That Scripture in itself should be enough…right? However, so often we as believers forget about God’s faithfulness. Life falls apart. We lose a job. A loved one gets sick. A relationship falls apart. And just like that, our whole world is spinning out of control. In the book of Joshua, God instructs the Israelites to make an altar out of twelve stones. God tells them to pass this on to their children, to tell them the stories of God’s faithfulness so that they may see it for themselves.
“And he said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up for us until we passed over, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever” (Joshua 4:21-24).
Or how about when God delivered the Israelites from Egypt? He delivered them from an entire army right THROUGH a freakin’ sea! But then right after… “Moses, we’re hungry. You just brought us out here to starve.” So quickly we forget about God’s faithfulness.
Do you know how many times God has not been faithful? ZERO. He is forever faithful, and He always will be. Trust me, I say this in no way to accuse anybody. I am just as guilty of this as anyone else. “What if I don’t get that class?” “What if I don’t get that new job?” “What if God is done using me?” I feel you. Trust is such a difficult thing sometimes. As humans, we naturally want to be in control. We want to know what’s going to happen with our lives. We want to be planning our lives out. Well, GUESS WHAT. That moment we accepted Christ into our lives, we gave Him the steering wheel of our lives. Our lives are no longer our own. They are His. But go back to the very first line of this article: “The one who called you is faithful, and he will do it.” God knows what He’s doing! Just because we might not understand what’s happening and why, that doesn’t mean that God has forsaken us or stopped being faithful.
God has a plan for each and every one of our lives.
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11).
I want to encourage you to stop freaking out. To stop worrying about every little thing in life. To start trusting that God has a plan in every area of your life. I have found that every single time I have surrendered something to God and stopped freaking out about it (painful as it may have been to my stubborn self), He has ALWAYS come through. Sometimes it’s seemingly instantaneous. He is ALWAYS faithful.
And remember: “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
He’s got this. Let go and let God.
What are some ways in your life in which you’ve let go and given it to God? I’d love to hear your stories of God’s faithfulness!