In Mandisa’s recent album called ‘Out of The Dark’, there is this most beautiful song, titled ‘Unfinished’. I love this song. It is a wonderful reminder that we are unfinished, imperfect people. Yeah, I know some people are absolutely shocked right now. Imperfect, you say! There’s another song called, ‘He’s still working on me’, that we sing with our Awana kids. I love songs that reflect God’s grace and mercy; His unfailing love and unending patience with His people. In ‘Unfinished’, Mandisa talks about being the one preaching to others that they could overcome, as a matter of fact, in 2013, she tilted her album ‘Overcomer’. She continues in ‘Unfinished’ that things started changing. She began to have doubts; her faith began to waver. It wavered because her prayers were not answered the way she thought it should have been. Elijah is an Old Testament prophet; his story can be found in I Kings 17 – 19. Elijah had seen God demonstrate His faithfulness, yet when hard times came, he believed God had abandoned him. His faith began to waver. Why do we find it so hard to believe that God loves us? Why do we have so much difficulty in trusting the love of God? Why do we continually compare the love of God with ours and find His lacking? Personally, I know and have seen the faithfulness of God’s love for me on numerous occasions. Over and over again, He demonstrates His love for me. But I have found it hard to trust His love sometimes. I struggle most to understand His love when my prayers are seemingly unanswered or the answer is not one I expected. When it appears as if the ‘rug was pulled out’ from under me, I find it easy to doubt His perfect love for me. My problem is that I believe with eyes and not what I know to be true about God. I also sometimes, forget that this world with all its issues is temporary, that rather my God is preparing me for a more permanent home. Sometimes, I also think I’m better than God. I do not do that knowingly, but it is what I believe when I waver in my trust, because He did something contrary to what I wanted. My beliefs about the God I serve begins to shift and I now start to doubt what I know about Him. I begin to question His love for me. “If He loved me, why did He let this happen”? If He loved me why didn’t He stop this from happening”? If He loved me why didn’t He do this or that”? The truth is that God’s love (is):
- Perfect and complete. He loves me in spite of me, not because of me. He loves me even when I am unlovable to everyone else. (Romans 5:8)
- Always good. He withholds nothing good from me. (James 1:17)
- Always solves all my problems (Romans 8:28)
- Gives me exactly what I need, when I need it. (Philippians 4:29)
- God’s love is eternal (Psalm 136:1)
God’s loves isn’t:
- About my will for my life; but rather His will for my life. The truth is I don’t know everything and I can’t see into the future.
- Solving all my problems, my way.
- Giving me what I want, when I want it; even though it may seem best to me at the time.
- One I can control
- Based on what I do or don’t do.
Let’s trust His love for us, friends. The enemy of our souls desires to take our eyes off our Savior. He does this by supplying the reasons why our God’s love can’t be trusted. Let’s believe what we know to be true about God in spite of the circumstances.
What are some ways God demonstrates His love to you?