(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.)
What evidence of God’s promises do you see in your life?
Something I’ve noticed about these questions and this series is how much different my answers would have been a year ago – even 6 months ago. I can’t say I’m surprised though, God tends to work that way no? It’ll be something cool to look back on. Anyway, rabbit trail commentary done.
Let’s dive into this question now! As far as this evidence, I have to say it’s the refining that’s happening in my life right now. The hard things. That may sound a bit strange as proof of God’s promises in my life, but here’s why: God isn’t about just saving you or I. The resurrection means so much more than that. He’s about making our life more full of peace and grace we could ever imagine.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17
It’s the moment by moment grace and that I am renewed day by day.
It’s that He has sustained me when the past few months have in many ways been overwhelming.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Then there’s that whole refining process. I believe that if a person meets Jesus and doesn’t change, they haven’t really meet Jesus. You can’t experience the goodness of the Gospel and not be changed. And as we become more like Jesus, sometimes the change isn’t easy or pretty. But it shows God’s goodness because He loves me so much, that He has more than my heart can even think. He is at work in me. I think about all the people who Jesus hung out with. While they came to Jesus as, well, hot messes, they didn’t leave unchanged.
And that’s the same for me – I keep changing, so I know God is faithful in keeping His promises of goodness in my life!
How about for y’all? What evidence do you see of God’s promises?