Have you ever been in a crappy situation? One of those times when everything just seemed to be going wrong? Aren’t those just the worst?!
Recently I was talking with a friend about some changes taking place at her job and was overwhelmed by how toxic of a situation she was in. But, as we continued talking, I was amazed at how faithful the Lord was amidst the crazy. Though people were getting fired, new jobs were lined up almost immediately; things they wouldn’t have been able to set up for themselves had they tried. Or lateral moves that were made months ago turned out to be a blessing for those employees now. Over and over again in our conversation, I was blown away by God’s faithfulness. He truly does care for his kids!
Recently I started rereading the book of Zephaniah. This is one of the books in the Old Testament where God pronounced his judgment on Judah. Even though this isn’t the most cheerful topic, God’s goodness and character are still so evident in this book!
Zephaniah 3:2 says:
“She listens to no voice; she accepts no correction. She does not trust in the Lord; She does not draw near to God.”
We can all agree that this is a serious problem. The city of Jerusalem, which God had specifically chosen to be his own, was being just as disobedient as the nations that didn’t know him. The Israelites had turned away from God, despite all his efforts to get their attention. He sent prophet after prophet to tell them to turn back to the Lord, and they did nothing. Verse 5 goes on to say:
“The Lord within her is righteous; he does no injustice; every morning he shows forth his justice; each dawn he does not fail”
Despite all the heartache his people had caused, God’s character remained constant. This nation deserved fire and brimstone and death, yet God still showed his justice to them every day. He made the sun come up every morning, the flowers bloom in the spring, joy available, and harvests to be gathered.
I am reminded that no matter what we do, God is faithful. He is infinitely faithful. Think about that for a moment! Picture the most consistent, constant person you know. Do you have someone in mind? It could be your spouse or your mom or grandma or third-grade teacher or your pastor. But even that person who, in your mind, is so consistent, falls short. They, like you and me, are fickle and change their minds and fail to live up to the life they want. There are times when even the most steady of people are driven by emotions or circumstances, but God is constant and consistent. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
I don’t know what your circumstances currently look like, but take comfort in the fact that God is faithful. The righteous, holy, perfect God we see in the Bible is the same God who is present today. I don’t know why bad things happen to good people, or why disease exists, or why tragedies happen, but what I do know is that my God is faithful in spite of the messiness of life and I can trust him. No matter what life looks like, he is forever faithful.