I am a visual learner, so whenever the Lord plants a picture in my brain, I quickly get out my notebook and put it on paper. Recently, God showed me a picture that spoke of His character amidst my circustances. This simple drawing is a not a new spirtual concept–it’s more of a foundational reminder to you and me as believers:
God is good, faithful, love, all-knowing… and He is the same, yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He NEVER changes. However, my circumstances, can fluctuate quite dramatically. At times, I’m a virtual internal, and sometimes external, roller coaster.
A minor example: I am at the beach with only my husband, which is very, very good. The first morning we woke up to the sound of the waves, the white sand, the warm sunshine… again very, very good. Who would doubt God at a time like this? The second morning however, I woke up to the same beach, in the same cozy condo, with the same sun, but within minutes of this spectacular view, I was experiencing a penetrating migraine that blurred my vision and made me nauseous… not good at all.
At times like this, I must remember the concept that God never changes. He is just as good, faithful, loving, and all-knowing in the lows of my days, weeks, months, and even seasons of my life as He is in the highs.
It’s so easy to praise Him in the “feel good” stuff, isn’t it? We find ourselves on the mountain top, singing “hallelujahs” and “thank You’s” at the top of our lungs! But in the lows, it must become what God might call the “faith good” stuff. When we’re in the pit spiritually, physically, or circumstantially, can we still sing praises concerning His unchanging character? Do we believe Him during these times? Can we say, like Job did, after he was struck with peril on all sides, The Lord gives, the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord (Job 1:21).
I have come to find out that in the “faith good” stuff of my life, the deep stuff, God Himself becomes more evident, and I begin to understand more of Him… and HE is very, very good…in spite of anything I might experience.
Trust Him, my friend, in the highs and in the lows of this life. Praise Him when His goodness is beautiful and obvious, and praise Him when your vision is painful and blurred. May His unchanging character be the unshakeable bedrock of your faith.