I first heard this song by Kutless many years ago. I sang along emptily without giving the lyrics much consideration. I knew that the meaning was deep beyond surface level but last summer the words within this song ministered to me and became relevant in my life.
August 2016 was undoubtedly the hardest month of my entire life. Within the space of thirty-one days, my whole world seemed to fall apart. My grandma was diagnosed with cancer and died just two weeks later. It felt like the most helplessly heart-breaking feeling I could experience.
The chorus says “You are God, you are good, forever faithful One, even if the healing doesn’t come.” This line really hit home for me; I listened to this song repeatedly and one day I had a sort of epiphany. For the first time, I could see beyond the pain and grief that I was feeling. God wasn’t trying to hurt me, he loves me. It was a revolutionary realisation that changed my perception of God and life. Someone shared a similar testimony in church and she used a beautiful metaphor of ‘dancing through disappointment’ to describe how God was teaching her to deal with the trials that she faced.
As Christians, we have to go by what we know is true of who God is and not by how we feel. If we live our lives based on our feelings, we’ll be swayed by any trial that we might face.
Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2) and so he should be our foundation.
The very essence of this song calls attention to what it means for us as Christians to have faith in God, knowing that he may not always give us our way. The Bible describes faith as “the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see” – Hebrews 11:1
Jesus trusted in God the Father even though He didn’t deliver Jesus from his fate of dying on the cross. Therefore, we must also trust God in every situation even if he doesn’t deliver us from our immediate problems, knowing and trusting that he is working everything out for our good because we love Him. (Romans 8:28).
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