How to Have Faith in the "In-Between"
I don’t know if any of you have been walking through a time of “in between,” but I sure have been!
This subject has been coming up over and over again recently and I pray this helps someone walking through a difficult time, and reminds you of God’s goodness and faithfulness.
I am far from the perfect Christian.
Sometimes I worry too much, or care too much about what others might think of me. I’ll look at a situation and get so sucked into the tunnel vision of problems, I forget how big God is. I even get frustrated with my past self and the dumb decisions I made.
But you know what...I’ve had to forgive myself over and over again and understand that the mistakes I've made have taught me what I know now. This is one of the ways we learn!
My pastor says, “We learn 1 of 3 ways. Our mistakes, other’s mistakes, or other’s successes.”
Getting you focused on your problems is one of Satan’s oldest tricks! He always tries to pull you to the past to embarrass you, or the future to worry about the unknown.
But we have authority in the Right Now.
I’ve been reading/learning a lot about the Israelites recently. God promised to deliver them from slavery, and He kept His promise and delivered them out of Egypt!
They praised Him for their deliverance, but as soon as they got a little farther, they started to complain about every little thing, wished they were back in Egypt, and Moses’ siblings even spoke horrible things about him as a leader in front of him and the people. All after an incredible deliverance! How many of us have done that?
He’s delivered you before, He’ll do it again!
When God makes a promise He means it, and He keeps it. We may not be able to see with our eyes, but “Faith is the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1.
I know what you may be walking through is so hard right now and you may not be able to see how it’s all going to work out, but God does. Trust Him and consult Him in everything you do. He is on your side and He always will be.
Joshua 1:9 says, “This is my command - be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” The last sentence translated in the Hebrew actually means, “I will never, no not ever leave you, and I will never, no not ever forsake you!”
Don’t you dare believe the lie that He’s forgotten about you!
He loves you so much and because of Jesus, He remembers to forget your sin! Hebrews 8:12 says, “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
God never promised everything would make sense, but He promised everything would work out. God sees you. He knows every piece of your heart, your needs, and pain.
Instead of getting angry with Him (which I’m totally guilty of), and separating ourselves from Him, we need to surrender and make room for Him to enter our life every day.
I’ve had nights where I cry out to God and weep and His presence fills the room and I hear that still small voice of the Lord say, “I’m fighting for you,” “I love you,” “It’s all going to be okay,” and “I’m here.”
He doesn’t love me any more than He loves you! Make room for Him today and remember His perfect love casts out all fear! (1 John 4:18).
We truly can have faith in the, “in between.”