Faithful is He

“Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.”
1 Thessalonians 5:24

I’m not sure I ever stopped to intentionally memorize this verse, thankfully I’ve just heard and read it so much that I’ve come to know it by heart. I’m thankful for this because this verse has been running through my mind all day. It’s all I can think about.

I spent all day yesterday stressing over something that I knew I shouldn’t have been stressing over. I know that the Lord literally dropped South Africa in my lap. I was not looking for it or trying to make it happen, and that has always been a sign of His will in my life. I know that He has assembled a team of people to go alongside me. And, most of all, I know that He called me to go. But yesterday I found myself questioning just how He was going to do it.

You see, as the “organizer” of the trip, I feel a sense of responsibility to keep the cost on the lower end and help others raise the funds necessary. But as I was looking at flights yesterday, and realizing just how expensive this trip is going to be, I began to feel the pressure. I started having thoughts like How are we going to raise that much money, in times like these? Is someone going to drop out because it seems too overwhelming? Will I take it personally if they do? How am I supposed to have enough money to book a flight before the price goes up?

These and dozens of other self-condemning, questioning-His-will thoughts were running through my mind. I didn’t know what to do, or where to turn. It just seemed too hard. I’m ashamed to say that I questioned whether or not it was worth it.

And then God, as He so faithfully does, whispered this verse in my ear.

“Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.”

And just like that my lack of faith shone brighter than the sun. Of course He will bring it to pass! He called me, didn’t He? And if there is someone else He’s called, He’ll be their Jehovah Jireh as well. One little trip across the pond won’t break His bank.

And then, just because He is a God of grace, He lavished me with even more.

“He is the Rock; His deeds are perfect. Everything He does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright He is!” Deuteronomy 32:4

“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21

“Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the skies.” Psalm 36:5

“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is mankind that You are mindful of them, human beings that You care for them?” Psalm 8:3-4

Verse. After. Verse. of His FAITHFULNESS. Praise the Lord that He is a good, kind, merciful, graceful, loving, understanding, faithful, and HEARING God. He hears my hurts, He even hears my doubts, and yet He still responds with more grace than I can stand.

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