Look to Him
My daughters are obsessed with drawing. Unfortunately, they are often free-spirited in their choice of items on which to draw. Walls, pillows, and windows seem to be excellent replacements for pieces of paper.
A few weeks ago, Hannah decided she wanted to dictate sentences to me. I was then supposed to type these sentences and print them on a sheet of paper. I think she was planning to color on the sheets of paper after I printed them. I submitted to her request multiple times with a grumbling heart, and it wasn’t until I later gathered all of the papers together that I connected what she had asked me to type. In my hands were five sheets of paper with bold, black words.
“I want You, God.”
“I love You, God.”
“God loves His people and watches the birds.”
“God is good to me.”
“I love You, God. And I want You, God.”
Hannah had no idea that these simple words were exactly what her mommy needed to hear. I had been wrestling with doubts and fears and crying out to God. I had been telling the Lord that I loved Him, and yet I still doubted His goodness. Would He take care of me? Would He sustain me? Would He hold me fast? I was pleading with the Lord to show up and take away my anxious thoughts.
The words of hope came through the mouth of a child, a child who was mimicking words she has heard from her parents. She didn’t say these words because she had read them herself and then investigated. She heard these words from her parents, and she trusted them.
She has a childlike faith that her parents are true and good. Of course, she disobeys and argues and whines and throws fits, but ultimately she looks in trust to the faces of the ones she loves. She doesn’t need the answers to everything because she knows our love. She didn’t do anything to earn that love. It was just given before she had the capability to love in return.
So how can I know that God loves and protects and is good to His people and, more pointedly, to me? I look to His Words.
I know I am loved because He sent His only Son to die for sinners.
“[B]ut God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
I know I will not be separated from the love of Christ because NOTHING can separate me from that love.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? … No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35; 37-39
I know I am never too insignificant for Him to notice because He notices even the sparrows.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31
I know He will give good gifts to me because He is my Heavenly Father.
“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:11
I know He will continue the good work He has begun in me because He says He will complete it.
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6
I know He will never reject me on the last day because my standing with God is based on Christ’s righteousness, not mine.
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
I know that all things work together for good because I am in Christ.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
I know I can find rest for my soul because He is gentle and His burden is light.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
I could write indefinitely about the work of the Lord and His unending, never-giving-up love for His people. As John said, “Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” John 21:25
My heart longs to know the answer to all of life’s questions. I don’t ever want to doubt or feel my faith wavering. But neither of those desires, as good as they might seem, are realities of life. Yes, through God’s gracious work of sanctification, I pray my faith will grow stronger and seeds of unbelief will wither and die, but until God brings His good work in me to completion I will have struggles.
The question then becomes how I will handle those struggles. My prayer: That I will turn and look only into the face of my Savior, my Rock, my Redeemer. I pray I will have childlike faith that will say, “I’m struggling, but I know You are good. Thus, I trust You.”
So I remind myself – Look to Him.
“Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.” Isaiah 45:22