If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.
—2 Timothy 2:13
Have I ever failed you, beloved? When you look at your circumstances with natural eyes, you feel as though your faith is beginning to drift, but I will come through for you whether you remain strong and steadfast or whether you waiver. I cannot deny Myself—and I will not deny you.
I love you, cherished one—I love you when you stand firm and I love you just as much when you believe you are faltering. Nothing you do will ever keep Me from being who I am. But when you forget—for a moment—to set your gaze and hope fully upon Me, you sacrifice the peace available to you in that moment. I never take My peace from you, but each time you focus on something other than truth, you fail to lay hold of all I’ve made available to you.
Feelings alone never define your faith. Feeling as though you may not be as focused as you think you ought to be does not mean you lack faith. In fact, fearing you will somehow let Me down by your supposed lack of faithfulness, is one of the primary lies that causes you to lose sight of the fullness of who you are in Me.
It’s true—even if you are faithless, I will remain faithful. But know this: You are NOT faithless! You are here. You are listening for My voice. You want to please Me. You love Me—and I know it. I’m here, too, beloved. I’m always right here with you, regardless of how faithful you do or do not feel. I will never leave you and I will never fail you. But even more importantly, know this …
You will never fail Me.
I often make things harder than they need to be. I’m so grateful for the incredible kindness, patience, and faithful love of God that is always wooing me back to a place of simple trust. It is always such a relief, when I allow myself, again, to rest in His love, and when I allow myself to rest in His opinion of me.
My feelings can change with the wind, but my faith isn’t about my feelings. My faith is rooted in the reality of who He is and who I am in Him. I can remain secure in these unchanging facts regardless of how I feel in any given moment.
I’m glad He is forever faithful even if I’m faithless, but I’m even more glad that I’m not faithless. If you’re reading these words, chances are—neither are you!
Lord, Thank You for Your amazing faithfulness, for Your ridiculous mercy, and for grace that sees me for who I am in You—and not just as the sum of my feelings in any given moment. Even when my focus drifts, my hope is always secure in You! ~ Amen
I haven’t published one of these “Love Letters” in awhile, but I am in the process of compiling the ones I’ve published previously on two different blogs, along with several new ones, into a book to be released within the next couple of months. This is one of three book projects I’m currently up to my eyeballs in (and that isn’t even counting a fourth one that I actually started but had to put on hold for now!). One of the others is a revamped devotional study of Women of the Bible that I wrote years ago, but the third one is all new and the one I’ve been spending most of my time on. It is a step into a completely new direction for me professionally, so if anyone is inclined to pray, I would be very grateful More soon (I hope!).