There are some insights that friends have given me over the years into the love of God that I know have become a precious part of what I believe.
The first insight was given to me by a close friend who is now in glory. He didn’t have the same stable start in my life that I enjoyed and had a very artistic personality with all the sensitivity that often goes with that. He once told me this: “It can take time to believe that the love of God is steadfast.” We know what the Word of God says, but if certain needs have not been met in significant relationships in life, it can take time to believe that God’s love will never fail us. This is not always unbelief, and should not automatically be judged as such. As I was growing up as a young Christian, there was a great emphasis on believing God’s Word. I am so glad of that and it was an emphasis that is still with me and that I share with others. However, don’t lets get too harsh in our attitude towards those who can’t easily trust. For some of you reading this blog, maybe my friend’s insight will bring you hope, and release you from self-condemnation and allow you to dismiss the frustrated and judgemental looks of some believers: “It can take time to believe that the love of God is steadfast.”
The second insight that I know I will carry with me through life came as our friend Laura Clegg prayed with Morag and I last weekend. I cannot remember her exact words: it was something like, “Lord it says in your word that you take all things and work them together for good. So if we cannot see the good it is because you are not finished working with them yet.” I feel that is a life-giving phrase and it is true.
I guess the common link is that sometimes things take time. Don’t throw away the Word of God on something just because you are not yet experiencing its truth. It can take time. Read again these insights. May they help you, especially if your life has had more than what seems a fair share of “stuff” to come to terms with; may they help you onwards in believing these two truths of Scripture:
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases…”
God “…takes all things and works them together for good for those who love God…”
There is all of time and eternity to believe these things more deeply still. Don’t rebuke yourself if you are not there yet.
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