This is the truth .
I grew up in a broken home. My mom dated a lot, and we moved around a lot. Consistency was a bit of a rarity in my life from the beginning. Every man that walked into my life, eventually walked out. You can probably understand what I mean when I say that I didn’t understand what a faithful man looked like or even was for a long while. Most of the time, how we view our earthly father is how we view our Heavenly father. For a long time I saw God as a man who came in and out of my life, who gave me some blessings here and there and patted me on the back when I needed it, but distant and disconnected for the most part. I thought if a man couldn’t be faithful to my mom or my family, surely God wasn’t. He was perfect, so why would He stick around us?
I thought I had found God when I was 17. I mean I truly thought I understood His love for me, and maybe I understood a piece of it but I definitely did not understand all of it. I thought I had been set free of the pain of rejection and abandonment, until those feelings started resurfacing in my relationship of 2 and a half years. I found myself searching for love from someone who wasn’t mine. I stepped out of the boundaries of my relationship with my boyfriend to pursue someone else. These scars of rejection of abandonment welled up and I left that relationship kicking and screaming. I said too many hurtful things. “I hate you.” “I never want to talk to you again.” “Leave me alone.” “You ruined my life.” I was in fight or flight, I was so afraid to be left again, that I went ahead and ripped the band-aid off myself.
Instead of the backlash I expected.. This man,the one I later found out was the one God designed specifically for me, he kept pursuing me. He forgave me. He told me he loved me no matter what I said, and took me back with arms spread wide. He is in NO way God to me. But he was the first man who gave me a real example of what faithful means. God whispered to me that night, “The way he loves you, is the way I love you, but even more.”
I fell to my knees in sobs. That’s the truth. We can tell God that we never want to talk to Him again, we can tell Him to leave us alone, we can run from Him, we can even tell Him we hate Him. But, there He is..waiting for us with arms spread wide, telling us over and over again how much He loves us, how much He desires us, that He forgives us. God is so faithful. When I imagine the faithfulness of God, I imagine the vows spouses make to one another. God has vowed to love us. With God, not even death will part us. He will never forsaken or abandon us. He ALWAYS keeps His promises. Whether it be to heal your body of sickness, or bless you during financial hardship, or reconcile a broken relationship. When we run, He chases us.
The truth is: God never gives up on us, He is faithful. -Arrianna
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keeps his commandments, to a thousand generations.
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Your Turn: Has there been a time in your life when you realized how truly faithful our God is? We’d love for you to share your faith story! -Breath On Paper
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