I am thankful for good friends who are willing to speak truth to me. Friends who are willing, out of love and compassion, to tell me the way it is and how I have messed up or need to work harder on things. Since my last post yesterday morning on let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you, but bind them around your neck and write them upon your heart, I have experienced many difficult things. Some unexpected bills, some counsel lacking a bit of grace, and an extremely busy schedule that I have fallen behind in keeping have all caused me to struggle with binding steadfast love and faithfulness around my neck. If you have talked to me in the past day or so you would not have heard faith in my all-powerful all-knowing, all-sovereign God. Instead, complaints and bitterness plagued my speech and my thoughts. Not understanding how to deal with these unexpected pitfalls, I let steadfast love and faithfulness forsake me.
I write this as a confession and a warning. If you strive for holiness, for obedience to the Word, and for trusting the Lord your God, know that God will give you opportunities to prove your heart is being honest in its desire for these things. Will you succeed at being a doer of the Word and not a hearer only (James 1:22-25) or will you find yourself once again on your knees as I have found myself pleading for grace and a heart that seeks God and His character above all else in your life?
“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24