By Ellery Sadler
Is God really faithful? We know in our head that He is, we've been taught that He is, but in the midst of an all-out crisis or the slow-choking problems of a disintegrating relationship or dying job, it is easy to doubt.
- How can God be good if I’m struggling with homelessness and have nowhere for my children to come home to after school?
- How can God be faithful if my marriage is falling apart and my spouse is cheating on me?
- Where was God in the doctor’s office when the doctor told me it was incurable?
- How can God be loving when I have begged Him for a child and still can’t conceive?
- Where is God when my job is slowly sucking the life out of me?
We all are dealing with different situations and different circumstances, but we all struggle. And in the midst of the struggle, it’s easy to lose sight of God’s faithfulness. Under the daily pressure, the problems crowd in on us and suddenly we can’t see anything but pain and doubt and disappointments.
The key is to not judge God’s character by your circumstances. As Bill Johnson said, don’t create a negative theology based on negative circumstances. God’s nature does not change. His character is constant. The truth is this: He is faithful. He is love. He is holy. He is good. When the circumstances of our lives don’t align with that, it is not God who has changed but our perspective that needs changing. Unfortunately, because of sin, there is evil in the world and horrible things do happen. As Christians we are not called to denial – pretending like everything is ok when it’s not – but to divine optimism – realizing that God has a plan and is working all things together for good.
The eternal conflict on this earth is the reality of evil in the presence of a holy, loving God.
So what do you do when you doubt God’s faithfulness?
God is big enough to handle your anger, your frustration, and your doubt. You don’t need to tiptoe around the edges. Christianity is messy and vulnerable and real. Talk to Him – ask Him to reveal Himself to you and give you the strength you need. Prayer is the bridge from pain to peace. It always turns your heart a little bit closer to the heart of the Father.
2. Talk to a Mentor
Get some advice and wisdom from a trusted mentor, someone who has walked with the Lord for through their own trials. It’s important to get an outside perspective and hear what they have to say. Make sure their advice aligns with scripture, and be open to potential criticism. They may see something in your situation that you can't see yourself. Take a step back and listen.
3. Help Someone Else
When dealing with a crisis, the natural reaction is to close off and shut down until the problem is fixed. Instead of isolation, look outwards and see if there is someone you can help. Turning our eyes off of ourselves and onto serving others is a great way to get some new perspective. When we practice selflessness, we are practicing being the hands and feet of Jesus. Sometimes the people we think we’re helping are really helping us. Whatever you do for the least of these, you do for Jesus.
4. Read Through Scripture
The entire Bible is filled with stories of God’s faithfulness throughout the ages. Psalms is especially comforting when you’re struggling to remember His goodness. He has been faithful for generations; you are not the exception to His goodness. You are not the one person who He is going to forget. Cling to the truth of His love.
5. Look Back On Your Own Life
Look back through your journals or photos and write down all the times you can remember God coming through and showing Himself faithful in your own life. Sometimes we just need a reminder that He is still with us, He is still listening, and He is still loving. Remember the moments where He has touched your life.
What do you do when you need a reminder of God’s faithfulness? Share with us in the comments below!