Bank on God’s Character

Written by Helen Grace Lescheid

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“But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness” (Psalm 86:15).

Sometimes life does not make sense. God had promised David that he would be king of Israel; instead, he found himself hiding in a cave in the wilderness. “The arrogant are attacking me, O God; a band of ruthless men seeks my life –men without regard for you, he cried” (Psalm 86:14).

David shows us what to do when life doesn’t make sense. First, he expressed his feelings honestly: “Hear my cry, O LORD…Have mercy on me…save me” he wrote in Psalm 86. Then he recounted a trait of God’s character: “you will answer me… for you are kind and forgiving, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you.”

When life did not make sense, David stood on the character of God. David knew that God’s character of love and faithfulness does not change. He is the same on bad days as He is on good days.

Are you going through a difficult and confusing time right now? Express your feelings honestly to God. You might want to pray, “God, I don’t understand what’s happening. I don’t like what’s happening. But I want to trust You with this. You are a compassionate and gracious God, abounding in love and faithfulness.”

Everything around you might be caving in. But when you stand on the character of God, you have a center, a firm foundation, a hope for the future.  David did eventually become king of Israel. Because he’d gone through a difficult testing time, He could now sing of God’s faithfulness in an authentic way.

Father God, I want to trust You even when life doesn’t make sense. Amen.

Questions: Are you going through a difficult and confusing time right now? What is the one sure thing that you know about God that can help you through these difficult times?

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About the Author Helen Grace Lescheid

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5 Responses to “Bank on God’s Character”

  • B. Miller Brenda says:

    I am glad this devotional encouraged you, Em, Lori, and Sharon; I also found hope in reading Helen’s words. However, I could also relate to you, Irene, with the sense that God is not hearing, or at the very least, is not responding to my cries. What to do at such a time? I know for me it has helped to seek His face by asking Him what He wants me to learn at this time, and to totally empty myself into His hands. Just as the devotional speaks of pouring our hearts out to God by telling Jesus how we feel, I think of the words of our Lord when He invites us in Matthew 11:28:”Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest[NIV].” Jesus cannot give us anything if we are already filled with angst and our own cares, and this is the exact position I found myself in. I was so filled with worry over what was going to happen that there was no room to receive all the good that He wanted to give me. Today, Irene, I pray that you are able to relax and crawl into the Secret Place of your Most High God {Psalm 91], letting Him wrap His wings around You and comfort You with His gracious Presence. As He reassures You, ask Him for His healing and favour on Your life, that the next job you seek the employer will see the Light of Christ shining out of you and be drawn to the Love of Jesus within you, giving you an immediate “YES!” to your request for employment! And may perfect peace be yours as our Heavenly Father guards your heart and mind in the all-surpassing peace of Christ Jesus, allowing you to fully enjoy His presence in the meantime, knowing that He will care for you and meet your needs one day at a time! Amen!

  • Irene says:

    I have been unemployed for almost a year. I kept praying, but I kept banging my head with closed doors. Everything I tried to do, praying to God for help seemed futile. More and more financial and other problems. I lacked faith, trust, belief in God. I wa struggling with worsening depression, menopause, and health issues. I prayed, cried to God. Still praying, holding on, waiting.

  • sharonb says:

    thank you so much for this we are going through a rough time right now and this really helped me

  • Lori says:

    Thank you for this gentle reminder to seek God’s charactor…I loved reading this: “David knew that God’s character of love and faithfulness does not change. He is the same on bad days as He is on good days.” It shows how Sovereign God is; Never changing God. Such a blessing to have the Holy Spirit and His counsel right in our hearts all the time, and like you said a “center, a firm foundation, a hope for the future”, He is our Rock. I loved your devotional today. Lori

  • Em says:

    Thank you. God bless.

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