And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 ESV
Faith is the certainty of knowing that God will come through despite the circumstance. This is not wishful thinking. It is experiential and evidential. Believers do not wish for divine intervention. We stake our lives on it. Thus we cultivate a spirit of hopefulness even when we are perplexed by the vicissitudes of life.
I know God will come through because He has done so over and over and over again. Even when I did not get what I wanted, God supplied all my needs. God’s faithfulness is unchangeable and ineffable. As our Heavenly Father, God is predisposed to supply all our needs according to His riches in glory. Therefore, we can trust His promises and wait on His deliverance in times of trouble.
I am beginning to understand and appreciate why David had so much confidence in God’s deliverance. When David said: Yeah though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil (Psalm 23:4), it was because he knew that God always comes through. That faith was validated while he was a shepherd boy, and later as the King of Israel. God not only delivered David from lions and bears but also king Saul and his son Absalom. Thus he confidently said: I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living (Psalm 27:13).
Our world is replete with evil and wickedness. It is because of God’s goodness that many of us are still alive. The Lord navigates our lives through the toils and snares of life by His unfailing love. We know God will come through because He loves us enough to send Jesus to die for us.
If God can come through for our salvation despite our sinful disobedience, He can come through at any other times. Therefore, in our afflictions, we can be assured that God will deliver us. God loves us too much not to come through. After all, He has created us as His workmanship for good works. We are His primary investment. He will always come through even when we do not deserve it.
Everything we have is a gift from God. The gratuitousness of God demonstrates His steadfastness in coming through for us. This is why the Psalmist says: Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him from them all (Psalm 34:19).
Let us, therefore, trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean not on our understanding. Even in crisis, we have to wait on the Lord and be of good courage. For the Lord cannot fail. His arm is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear you call (Isaiah 59:1). He hears all our despairing cries and is ready to rescue those who trust in Him.
Most of us are waiting on God for something. Unfortunately, too many of us grow weary and give up before the Lord can come through for us. However, those who rejoice in suffering will be able to endure with hope until the day of their breakthrough. They will see the glory of God despite their adversity.
When I am going through a difficult experience or season in life, I go back to the Bible so I can be reassured about God’s unwavering love and commitment to His people. Even in failure, I always trust that God will come through. Indeed, the Almighty has come through for me so many times in the past that I have no reason to doubt He will do so again and again and again. So I rejoice in suffering, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us (Romans 5:3-5).
Questions for Personal Reflections
1- What word of encouragement can you share with those who are tempted to give on God as they are waiting for Him to come through for them?
2- How has your faith in God help you to wait for God to come through in the midst of your afflictions?
Prayer- Heavenly Father, please help me to trust you and to wait on you as I go through life’s adversities knowing that you will come through for me.