When I first became a believer, I thought that God would zap me into perfection. That, in an instant, my life would become trouble- and stress-free, and I’ll become a better person.
Wishful thinking? Normal nonetheless because I don’t think I’m the only one with these thoughts.
But as days passed, I realized that God doesn’t always work like that. He never promised us a trouble-free life. That’s why Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
So I asked myself: “What’s the appeal of being a believer if my life is still plagued by troubles? What’s the point of God in my life?”
The answer didn’t come immediately but gradually, after some trials and tribulations. And one day, I woke up to this revelation:
God walks with me, in good times and in bad times. He’s with me when I’m good. He’s with me when I’m bad. He’s with me when I’m sad. He’s with me when I’m glad. He’s also with me when my life is out of whack.
David articulates this clearest in Psalm 139:1—5:
O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, Lord.
You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
I’ve always thought it’s impossible for anyone to be that close to me. And that’s true. No one can come that close. Not a friend. Not a sibling. Not a parent. Not a spouse.
NO ONE BUT GOD. THE ONE WHO CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH. THE ONE WHO FORMED MAN FROM THE DUST OF THE GROUND.
I don’t know about you but my heart is just bursting with joy knowing this truth.
He’s the friend I’ve always wanted but never had. The best companion I can ever ask for. The only One who can empathize with me ALL the time. And certainly the only One who knows what’s best for me.
No wonder David said, “such knowledge is too wonderful for me. It’s too great for me to understand!”
Lord, even when I walk through the darkest valley, You are with me. And You will not just comfort me. You will deliver me!