This morning a short phrase opened the devotional I read, and it struck me unexpectedly:
“God delights to reveal Himself to you.”
Recently life has been so busy, filled with difficult issues to wade through, that the sweet times of fellowship I’ve longed for with God have been harder to come by.
In seasons like this, it’s easy to feel like God is distant or displeased, and that I have to work my way back into His favor. But the simple truth is: He delights to reveal Himself to me. He takes great pleasure in sharing Himself with me, helping me taste and see that He is good.
When suffering invades your life, there’s no better place to look for refuge than the compassionate Savior. In every trial, even the ones we bring on ourselves, His desire is to bless us with a greater portion of His character, His glory, Himself.
The next time you have a quiet moment in the Word and prayer, remember these things, and look to Him expectantly.
Psalm 34:6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
and saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
While God is faithful to change hearts and minds in the lives of His children, we also understand that change is a process, and often times far from simplistic or quick. Habits of life and thinking tend to change over time as the Holy Spirit works in hearts. This process of change is called “progressive sanctification.” It can be helpful and sometimes necessary to seek help from other Christians who can faithfully lead and walk with us, providing biblical encouragement and instruction along the way for the implementation of God-honoring, Christ-centered change. If you are struggling with life’s challenges, we would encourage you to seek help from your pastor, a godly friend, or a biblical counselor who is committed to seeking answers from God’s Word. To find a biblical counselor you can contact us or visit biblicalcounseling.com to find a counselor in your area.
Born and raised in the Dallas area, Ryan loves calling Texas his home. He met his wife Jessica at Grace Bible Fellowship Church, where he serves on staff and is a counselor for Grace Biblical Counseling Ministries. Since 2013 he has been a member of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, and in May 2015 he graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a B.S. in Ministry Leadership.