(The IF:Gathering-Inspired Discussion Series came about after I had the chance to attend the conference this past February. It was an incredible and amazing conference. Throughout the two days, they provided discussion questions to go over with people seated by you. After going over a handful of the questions, I knew this was something I wanted to dig deeper into, so that’s what this series will be about; me picking one of the questions, sharing some thoughts and inviting you to join! Because who wants to wrestle with faith questions all alone? You can read past entries here.)
Let’s dive right in shall we?
What is your favorite promise from God, and what would happen if you believed it?
I don’t know if I have a favorite of all favorites, but one that’s pretty close? This promise and truth:
That He is good.
So what would happen if I believed it all the time? I would trust Him and His plans more. I would take my desires, especially those stored deep in my heart, and fully surrender them to Him. Knowing He could fulfill them, but also trusting that if chose to not fulfill that desire and change my heart, I would still say He is good.
Because if I say out loud I desire to be a mom (shoot, let’s just start with a wife right?!) and that doesn’t happen, will I trust that His plan is good?
If my heart’s desire is to be in a different career industry (say like publishing), but every door continues close, will I trust in His goodness?
Does my heart still believe He is good?
If He doesn’t heal? If someone dear to me never experiences the saving love of Jesus? If a friend’s marriage is never repaired? If the person close to me is never free from depression? Do I believe He is still good?
And I do and friends. I do.
It’s not easy. No. No. But God continues to reveal to me this beautiful truth, that even if every thing I want to happen doesn’t, I still get Jesus.
And that is more than enough.
We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. (Romans 8:28-30 NIV)
It’s a daily battle, but I’m glad He is patient and that God is FOR me, not against me.
I’ll close with two quotes from Recovering Redemption:
“We get God: unfettered, unbroken, complete access to our Creator and what our soul was designed to experience.”
“You have a loving Father, and you have His attention. You have not been abandoned.”
What’s one of your favorite promises from God?
As always, please feel free to include any prayer requests!