It is natural to praise God when we see His wonders – we stare in awe at the full moon rising, the star shooting, the waterfall cascading, the sturdy mountain towering. These sightings remind us of our smallness and His vastness. They readjust our perspective so He is again at the center, and we rest in knowing He is abundantly greater, abundantly sufficient. His love spills over. He ignites sparks in the darkness and makes glory fall.
As we reflect on our lives, it is fitting to praise Him for His works. We learn to trust His heart when we see Him follow through on His promises, and our love for Him grows as we realize He is, and always has been, who He claims to be.
Yet He calls us deeper – to trust His heart completely.
To continually offer a sacrifice of praise, through the power of Jesus (Hebrews 13:15).
The hardest place to trust Him is the place where His goodness is not yet evident through our imperfect vision. We know that He is trustworthy in all He promises and faithful in all He does (Psalm 145:13) and that no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20). Yet we live in the gap between promises made and evidence of fulfillment. We live in a world where evil and injustice prevail, where everything doesn’t have a clear answer and we have to hold both reality and the promise of His goodness in our hands.
The hardest lesson isn’t head knowledge at all;
it’s the attitude of our hearts towards Him.
It’s learning to trust not only when we cannot see,
but despite what we see.
And how glorified He is when we say “Lord, I trust you”, though appearances don’t reflect the Truth and His Kingdom feels far away.
He is not finished.
We’re not home yet.
Heaven is what we’re made for, and we hunger for it – for love that lasts; for things becoming unbroken; for justice to prevail; for eternity in His presence.
This is what the Lord says:
“A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.”
This is what the Lord says:
“Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for your work will be rewarded,” declares the Lord. “They will return from the land of the enemy. So there is hope for your descendants,” declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 31:15-17)
though we see pain, yet He promises –
There is hope.
Why are you downcast, o my soul? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God. (Psalm 43:5)
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18)
The ‘though’s aren’t worth comparing with the ‘yet’s.
He is for us.
So we rejoice in the yet and praise Him for the already.
For every good and perfect gift is from above… (James 1:17)
He defines the seasons, and He has given us His mind. So we don’t have to be anxious.
“Through the calm and the storm and the chaos,
though the mountains will crumble You will not;
never failing, Your promise eternal.”
Yes, there is weeping, but there is always still dancing.
There is sorrow, but its followed by joy.
The night always turns to morning,
and the suffering is always outweighed by glory.
Doesn’t the truth that God is for us negate the power of our doubts?
Doesn’t it make our yoke easy and our burden light?
Doesn’t it free us to worship and trust?
As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.
Meet Maggie Utsey.
A child of God learning to walk with Him. Truth seeker. Lover of children, mountains, quiet moments and finding holy in the mess. Current address: Uganda. Follow Maggie’s life in Uganda working for Sixty Feet at her own blog, Hope Everlasting.