“Now that the worst is over, we're pleased we can report that we've come out of this with conscience and faith intact, and can face the world—and even more importantly, face you with our heads held high. But it wasn't by any fancy footwork on our part. It was God who kept us focused on him, uncompromised.” (2 Corinthians 1:12 MSG)
In order to get through what you’re going through, focus on who God is — his unchanging nature. Regardless of circumstances and how you feel, hang on to God’s unchanging character.
Your circumstances cannot change the character of God. God’s grace is still in full force; he is still for you, even when you don’t feel it.
Remind yourself what you know to be eternally true about God: He is good, he loves you, he is with you, he knows what you’re going through, he cares, and he has a good plan for your life.
Raymond Edman once said, “Never doubt in the dark what God told you in the light.”
Talk About It
- What has God told you in the light that you now doubt in the dark?
- Why do you doubt God now?
- Talk about this truth: Your circumstances cannot change the character of God.
Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.
This devotional © 2012 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.