If God be for us…
In the summer of 1990, God spoke a profound word to me. In the silence that followed the cry of my heart that no one believed in me, he quietly whispered, “I believe in you.” Couple months ago I wrote a follow-up where I described how that year (1990—the worst year of my life) laid the foundation for my most fruitful years (so far) in life and ministry. The idea that God sees the lives of Christ-followers, penetrating deep within the deepest recesses of who we are, and still believes in us runs counter to most of what I was taught growing up.
But this truth is crucial to so many people I know in this world.
They are crippled by what they are not, by the weaknesses that are thrown in their faces nearly every day. It’s heartbreaking to hear the cry of someone who is so disappointed in themselves that they cannot hear the love—and approval—of a Father who very much believes in them.
The other night Carol shared with me this video by Kari Jobe. These are the words, repeated over and over, testifying to God’s constancy in her life:
So faithful. So constant.
So loving and so true.
So powerful in all You do.
You fill me. You see me.
You know my every move
and You love for me to sing to You.
I know that You are for me.
I know that You are for me.
I know that You will never,
forsake me in my weaknesses.
Watch the video. Soak in the words. Breathe in his life as you embrace his affection and belief in you.
Romans 8:31-39 (New International Version 1984, ©1984)
31 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Some posts that may speak to you:
- A shepherd’s heart…—Spring 1979
A shepherd’s heart, continued…—Spring 1979
- No time to analyze…—Summer 1986
- 1990…—August 1990
- Refuge in a cool, dark room…—March 1991
- He had me on “What if…?”—January 2010
- 1990: A Postscript…—November 2010