In order for faith to mature it needs situations where faith alone can sustain us. For this reason, God will allow us to go through times when we must trust Him in spite of how things appear. In those times, against the glaring face of a negative reality, true faith arises, appropriates courage and locks into the integrity of God’s promise. We must let faith arise in the context of resistance. This is the faith that touches God’s heart. — Francis Frangipane

God, do I touch You with my faith?  Do I move Your emotions in my complete reliance on You?  Do I ravish Your heart by saying again and again, “Lord, where could I go.  You alone have the words of life?” 

I can’t stand alone.  It’s only in Your strength that I’m able to make it from one day to the next.  It’s only Your love that sustains me in loving You.  I’m confused and conflicted, twisted in knots, and easily distracted even on my best days.  It’s only by Your grace that I’m able to face the next day in the faith that You do all things well.  You don’t withhold good things from Your children.  You don’t inflict needless suffering.  Your heart has been moved with compassion again and again for the plight of Your children. 

You don’t author confusion.  You don’t create chaos.  You call the imperfect and broken, beautiful.  Though nothing is hidden from Your eyes, You choose to speak to my potential rather than my failures. 

How can You prune with such tenderness?  How is it that You know just the right mixture of joy and pain required to bear fruit in our lives?  Do I wound You when I don’t trust—when I fall into double-mindedness, having forgotten Your goodness in the blindness of my circumstances?

In this I am confident:  You are always, always, always, always, always good, and I will see Your goodness in the land of the living, for it follows me all the days of my life.

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2 Responses to declaration

  1. Joe says:

    This is beautiful and encouraging Chrystal. Thank you for the reminder to trust, as we so often unfortunately fail to do. Blessings to you 🙂

    “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:6-7

    • Chrystal says:

      Ever heard of Allen Hood? He taught a series called “The Sweet Aroma of Meekness” that I’ve been listening to today, and that 1 Peter scripture makes me think of it. I think that ties into not trusting, too–the fear that if I go low and embrace humility, I’m going to miss out on something.

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