Dear, beloved reader, have you been going through one of the hardest, worst of times of your life lately? If so, I have an encouraging word for you today:
Papa is giving you grace to bloom in the worst of times.
I felt like our Precious Holy Spirit wanted you to know today that He knows how hard it has been. He knows every tear that you've cried and every time your heart cried out in agony in response to the injustice, the senselessness, the pain.
But I also feel like He wants you to know that He has seen your efforts to walk before Him in white. He has seen your tears as you have clung to Him. Even though it hurts, you're still clinging.
And our dear Heavenly Papa wants you to know today:
“My child, that's an attitude that I can bless.”
See, God's Word says that He resists the proud, but He gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). And humility is a tangible, noticeable attitude. It's a posture before God. It looks like:
- submission to God's Word in all respects;
- saying what Jesus said and doing what Jesus did–acting the way Jesus would act; and
- trusting that our Papa God is a good, good Father who will always take care of us, no matter how hard things seem during these worst of times.
Sometimes that last thing is the hardest.
Sometimes it's hard to trust when life seems topsy-turvy. Sometimes it's hard to understand how and why our Father would allow something that is so, so, so NOT from Him. For example:
- when your spouse cheats on you …
- when so-called friends stab you in the back …
- when illnesses strike; or
- when anything injust happens …
None of these things are from the Lord. You can always tell when something is from Him or not, because God's work will display His nature.
He is just, so all His works exhibit justice.
He is truth, so all His works exhibit truth.
He is One, so all His works exhibit unity.
He is love, so all His works produce love–never fear.
And when things happen in your life that are so very obviously not from Papa, it's hard to understand why.
But in recent times, during some of the hardest times I've ever experienced in my life, I have come to understand it this way:
Our Father is GOOD. Everything He does is good, and everything about Him is good. He is morally perfect. And that means that if He allows us to go through anything, it's only because He is going to redeem it and give us something so much better.
If you're going through one of the hardest, worst times of your life, I believe Papa will help you see it this way too.
Honestly, trusting in the absolute, moral perfection and redemptive goodness of my Father has been the only thing that has seen me through lately. It's been hard to hang onto this revelation some days. Some days, I've had to listen to my favorite song–Good, Good Father by Housefires–over and over just to soak in God's love so that I wouldn't be afraid. But His grace has been sufficient, and He has helped. He has upheld me and sustained me through the darkest of nights.
And beloved, Papa knows you also have been clinging to Him …
trusting Him …
clinging through your tears …
through the hottest pain of your soul …
through betrayal and abandonment and rejection and injustice and everything else …
And now He says:
“I give more grace.”
You might not have noticed it, but He has already been giving you grace to bloom in these worst of times. And because you have chosen to position yourself at His feet, forcing your soul to wait on Him alone, He is giving you more and more grace.
You have humbled yourself, and Papa resists the proud–but He gives grace to the humble.
So He's giving you grace to bloom in the worst of times. You're going to see Him reveal Himself to you as your Glory and the Lifter of your head.
He's going to restore you better than you ever were before. You're going to see Him lift your head up above your enemies all around you (Psalm 27:6). He's going to reward your obedience. He's going to deliver you and honor you (Psalm 91:15).
And what you have sown in tears, you shall reap in joy (Psalm 126:5-6). (I'm going to be writing a radical prayer for that verse coming up really soon, so stay tuned.)
It's just His way.
Things may not turn out exactly like you imagined; it's most likely that they won't. But if you will stay positioned for favor–clinging to the feet of Jesus, careful to stay humble and walk before Him in white–they will turn out better than you imagined. Better than you dreamed.
It may be hard just a little while longer–but beloved, you can make it just a little longer! His grace is sufficient for you! Help is on the way. Papa is pouring out grace to bloom in the worst of times.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Does this word speak to your heart today? Are you also seeing God's grace to bloom, even in the worst of times? If so, please leave a comment below. I'd love to hear from you!