I have seen God’s faithfulness in my own life many times. In the fall of 2014, the Lord led me to leave everything and everyone I had ever known to follow Him. The first time the Lord whispered Virginia Beach to my heart in 2010, it wasn’t an audible voice, but I knew I needed to pay attention. God was doing something. I began to pray and seek the Lord like never before. As time went on, He showed me pieces of the puzzle little by little. They were never big pieces, so I had to trust in Him and in His timing and wait for my moment to move.
In the fall of 2014, the door to make my move to Virginia Beach finally opened. Nothing looked like I thought it would, but I followed Him in obedience anyway. It was not easy. The amount of homesickness and sadness I felt was overwhelming. I felt completely alone. I even started to question whether I had heard from the Lord. I couldn’t understand why everything was so hard since I had followed the Lord in obedience.
I have always felt more connected to God when I have been in His creation, so I put on some sneakers and prepared for a hike and a chat with Jesus at a nearby park. It started out well enough, but eventually, I was faced with so many water-logged trails that I had no choice but to walk through the muck. It was at this moment that my emotions got the best of me. Not only weren’t things working out the way I thought they should, but now I was wet and covered in mud. I remember yelling, “This is absurd!” in the middle of the woods as I loudly asked the Lord why He would bring me to Virginia Beach only for me to continually struggle. I wanted desperately to leave and move back home.
As tears rolled down my cheeks, I heard His still small voice, You are not going home. Trust Me. I have something good coming for you.
Later that day, as I was reading, Psalm 89 was just the reminder I needed to trust Him.
O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies! Where is there anyone as mighty as you, O LORD? You are entirely faithful (Psalm 89:8 NLT).
I realized I could trust in the Lord to come through for me because He has before, and He will again. Two weeks later, God brought new opportunities to me, and I finally began to see the fruits of my obedience to Him. Not only did the Lord provide the opportunity for me to work for CBN, but it was through working at CBN that I also met the man I would later marry. What the Lord provided for me wasn’t what I expected, but it was indeed good.
Friend, God is entirely faithful, and He is always good. Whatever you are facing right now, trust Him to come through for you. God will take care of you because you are precious to Him, and He loves you very much.
Father God, thank You for Your faithfulness and your goodness. I can trust You to come through for me because it’s who You are. Lord, You know what I am facing right now. Help me to see Your hand upon my life. Strengthen me and revive me through the truth in Your Word. I choose to trust in You today because You are entirely faithful. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
I will sing of the LORD’s unfailing love forever! Young and old will hear of your faithfulness. Your unfailing love will last forever. Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens. (Psalm 89:1-2)
Prepared for the Spirit’s Work
SCRIPTURE READING — ACTS 13:4-12
Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said, “You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! . . . Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord?”
Barnabas, Saul (Paul), and John (Mark) were on a mission to bring the good news of God’s salvation in Jesus to people who had not heard it before. And they met some resistance from Elymas, a sorcerer and false prophet. Our enemy, the devil, was trying to stop the gospel from being preached there. Elymas went so far as to try turning his employer, the proconsul, away from having faith in Christ.
Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, let the power of the Spirit do his work against this demonic influence. The words sound harsh, but then so did Jesus’ words to Peter when he said, “Get behind me Satan” (Matthew 16:23).
There is only one way to be right with God. And that means opening ourselves to be filled with the Spirit of God, “the Spirit of truth” who guides us “into all truth” (John 16:13).
In response to the teaching about the Lord, and having seen the powerful work of the Spirit through Paul, the proconsul believed. In a battle between God’s Spirit and the devil’s lies, the Spirit will always win.
Let us be wise in who we follow.
Thank you, Father, for the gift of your Son, Jesus, and for the empowerment of your Spirit in your church. May the church be humble, strong, and faithful. Amen.
The great white throne
By: Charles Spurgeon
‘And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.’ Revelation 20:11
Suggested Further Reading: Romans 2:1–11
The thoughts of many hearts were revealed by Christ on earth, and that same Christ shall make an open exhibition of men at the last great day. He shall judge them, he shall discern their spirits, he shall find out the joints and the marrow of their being; the thoughts and intents of the heart he shall lay bare. Even you, believer, will pass the test before him; let no man deceive you with the delusion that you will not be judged: the sheep appeared before the great dividing Shepherd as well as the goats; those who used their talents were called to account as well as he who buried his pound, and the disciples themselves were warned that their idle words would bring them into judgment. Nor need you fear a public trial. Innocence courts the light. You are not saved by being allowed to be smuggled into heaven untested and unproved, but you will in the righteousness of Jesus pass the solemn test with joy. It may not be at the same moment as the wicked that the righteous shall be judged (I shall not contend for particulars), but I am clear that they will be judged, and that the blood and righteousness of Jesus are provided for this very cause, that they may find mercy of the Lord in that day. O sinner, it is far otherwise with you, for your ruin is sure when the testing time comes. There will be no witnesses needed to convict you, for the Judge knows all. The Christ whom you despised will judge you; the Saviour whose mercy you trampled on, in the fountain of whose blood you would not wash, the despised and rejected of men—it is he who shall judge righteous judgment to you.
For meditation: All will stand before the judgment seat of God and of Christ (Romans 14:10; 2 Corinthians 5:10). What will be the verdict in your case? Will you be cleared for heaven as one who has been justified and acquitted from condemnation by faith in Christ (Romans 5:1; 8:1) or only fit, as an unbelieving sinner, for eternal judgment in hell (Romans 2:5,8–9)?
The Truth Inside
Ask yourself, Am I willing to pray for God to show me the broken places within my heart?
To get the most out of this devotion, set aside time to read the scriptures referenced throughout.
Scripture reveals that God designed us for relationship—with Him and one another (Genesis 2:18; Galatians 6:2). Yet each of us brings unique baggage and difficult experiences that can make fellowship challenging. How do we love each other in a healthy way when we all come with emotional scars?
There’s not a lot we can do about the state of someone else’s heart, but we can take responsibility for our own. And a great place to begin is David’s prayer in Psalm 139: “Search me, God, and know my heart; put me to the test and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there is any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way” (Psalm 139:23-24). If we genuinely want to improve our relationships, we must be willing to face the truth about our inner life and own what’s ours to address. And the Lord promises that when we bravely ask for His insight, the truth will set us free (John 8:31-32).
Think About It
• Are you ready to pray David’s prayer and face whatever God may reveal? If not, read all of Psalm 139 to remember to Whom you’re talking. Then say, “Lord, prepare me to one day pray David’s words.”