The Christian life is full of ups and downs. Sometimes when we’re going through those down moments, we feel like God isn’t there. Of course, we know in our brains that He is there but sometimes our emotions overcome our reason, and we begin to wonder. This is what makes the Bible so important as an anchor in our lives. The Bible reminds us of His great love. When we begin to fear that He is not around, we are reminded that ‘perfect love drives out fear,’ which comes from His Word in 1 John 4:18.
I’ve been studying Colossians in preparation for next summer, and thankfulness has been a major theme of Colossians. Being thankful for the way that He has displayed His love in my life has been critical for dealing with those misleading emotions. It’s easy sometimes to think that He is not around or that He is not at work, but when I stop to think about all that He has done for me, which is manifested the most in giving His Son for my sin, then it becomes harder to question His presence. Romans 8:32 reminds us that He will do all that we need Him to do so that we can live for Him by reminding us that He has given us the greatest gift of all, which is His Son. Remembering God’s past faithfulness is what drives me to trust Him in the present. He hasn’t failed me yet, and of course, He never will. Even though it seems small, that’s why it is so critical that I remain thankful for what He has already done, especially when I forget He is there.