“It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” I Corinthians 10:13
“Your steadfast love, O Lord, is as great as all the heavens. Your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.” Psalm 36:5
“If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13
Hello everyone! Welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so happy to have you with me today and my prayer for all of us; is that we will be able to focus more deeply on God’s faithfulness, rather than the problems that attempt to take us down!
You know…so many times, it seems that we find ourselves focusing so deeply, on every detail of a problem; that we completely bypass God’s faithfulness. It seems like we have to find everything completely back to normal, before we can acknowledge that God has been a faithful friend to us.
After a very rough night of pain and sleeplessness a while back…the following morning, I caught myself saying, “Thank you God, for giving me a good night.” That probably doesn’t make much sense to you; but what I was really focusing on at the time; was not the painful moments and the lack of sleep that I experienced; but rather, I was focusing on how God got me through those very difficult moments and when I focus on a problem in this way; then I have come to see that I am really focusing on God’s faithfulness, rather than the problem itself…which truly keeps me connected to Him.
When life seems to be at its very worst; this is not the time to focus on every symptom of the problem; because these thoughts will only keep us connected to the one who is responsible for these difficult times…the one who can keep hopelessness alive, just by the way we think and react to these moments of affliction.
Today, we need to experience something that will give us hope through despair and that is to focus on the moments, when God was there or had brought us through one of these overwhelming moments in our lives. For instance…we may have had a rough day; but God brought us through the day…no matter how difficult it seemed at the time and when we are willing to let go, of what took place in that day and praise God, for bringing us to where we are at this moment; that is when we will begin to see a glimpse of hope, which will always be a reminder to us; that we are not alone…but God is still there.
Right now, I would like you to look back on your life and ask yourself this question. “Has there ever been a time, when God wasn’t faithful to me?” In other words…was there ever a time, when you felt as though you weren’t making it; but yet you were? Well…to me; that’s a sign of a faithful God.
I think that if we could just quit focusing on what had attempted to take us down and look for the One, who has made a path through the rubble…to walk us out of these moments of despair; then our problems wouldn’t overwhelm us so much…we wouldn’t feel so hopeless…and we would truly know that God was still there for us.
Let me ask you a question as we close… “Since Jesus…God’s Son was faithful at the cross…and since He continued that faithfulness, in the past years of your life; then why wouldn’t He continue to be faithful, for the difficult moments that you may be facing right now? Hebrews 13:8 says… “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Just take hold of this hope that I’m offering you today; that Jesus will always be faithful in your life…whether it would be in the midst of the storm…or after the storm. His love for you is the same, as when He once brought you through other trying moments in your life; so hold tightly to this hope and look for the moments of God’s faithfulness…the moments that will truly become a glimpse of hope, even while facing the darkest storm.
Blessings so much on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
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Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain is the author of 16 books, which range from devotionals, to quotes and poetry...to the story on her life..."Baby Steps: A Journey with God through a Lifetime of Pain and Heartache."