“What ever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well with my soul”
One thing we can know of a certainty is this: God is faithful. We know this through His word, in His dealings with people, and through our own experiences. God is faithful to do what He says He will do. Jesus said “I will be with you always”. Take Him at His Word. Don’t think that God is only with you in the good times, He is also with you when times are hard. Isaiah writes of God’s dealings with Israel and he has this to say of God “In all their afflictions He was afflicted”(Isaiah 63:9). Remember Jesus was there with His disciples in the storm. When times are hard, we must never think that God has forsaken us. God is with us in our ups and downs.
Of Joseph, the Bible says that the Lord was with him. God was with him when he was sold to the traders, when he was a slave in Potiphar’s house, when he was in prison and also when he was second only to Pharaoh. This is why Joseph was able to say “you meant it for evil but God meant it for good.”
Of Job, we read that God himself boasts of Job to Satan, saying “Have you seen my servant Job?”. And when we read the book of Job can see that Job knew God. And because of that Job was able to say “ I know that my Redeemer lives”.
God is faithful. He will always keep His word. Psalm 138:2 says that God has magnified His word above His name. What that means is that God honors His word above Himself. Imagine God saying, “Did I say that, Oh, then, I certainly have to do what I said I will do”; (Not that God ever forgets or that one has to bring a certain thing to God’s remembrance) but this is exactly what Moses says of God in Numbers 23:19 “hath He said, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?” God is not man that He should lie or change His word.
’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
And to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, “Thus says the Lord!”
– Louisa M.R. Stead
The answer to this week’s question:
Paul said he had spent “a night and a day” in the deep. (Read 2 Corinthians 11:25)