“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.”
First John 4:16
That’s all. That’s all we can rely on. It is the only thing that will not fail. We will let ourselves down. Our finances will falter. Our friends will betray us. Our leaders will disappoint us. The world will hurl all kinds of venom full in our faces, but the love of God will not fail.
I am clinging to that truth today. I’m grasping it in a sweaty fist that I’m waving in the air as I say, jaw-clenched, “I am trusting you, Lord.”
Trusting you as I stare in disbelief at my television screen showing live tape of atrocities I thought had died out decades ago.
Trusting you as yet another individual has amassed an arsenal and opened fire on unsuspecting people he didn’t even know.
Trusting you in the face of politicians hurling insults and accusations at one another.
Trusting you as the citizenry follows their lead.
Trusting you as brother fights against sister.
Trusting you as illness grabs at our throats.
Trusting you as uncertainty threatens to dash our hopes.
Why? Why am I trusting You? Because You have proven yourself faithful to thousands of generations. You have calmed storms, fed the hungry, healed the sick, dethroned rulers, measured out justice against oppressors, and still found time to speak in a still small voice to “the least of these”.
The Creator of everything, the Redeemer of the world, the Sustainer of all life, knows my name. He has numbered the hairs on my head. He knows my coming and my going. He knows my yesterday, my today, and my tomorrow.
He will never leave me nor forsake me. So I breathe in the truth, open my fist, and unclench my jaw.
Lord, replace my anger with purpose. Replace my despair with diligence. Let me bear witness to your unfailing love in a world that very afraid.
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.