God Is Holding Us
By Jennifer Slattery
“Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.” Psalm 136:26
I can be a moody Christian. Many times I resemble a fit-throwing toddler. If my relationship with Christ depended on my faithfulness or my feelings, I’d be in big trouble.
There’ve been times when I’ve been so angry, discontent, or entitled, I didn’t even want to pray.
I expected God to get angry. To chastise me and turn His back. That’s what I deserved. But that’s not how He responded. Instead, He gently tugged at my heart, calling me back to Him. It was in those tender moments that I saw His heart most clearly, and came to realize how securely mine rested in His.
So often, when we’re in the middle of a struggle, all we can see is the pain. We cry out to God, begging Him to rescue us. We feel alone, frightened, and abandoned. We may even become angry at God. But our behavior can never diminish God’s love. It will never die or weaken, regardless of how we act or feel.
When we’re hurt and angry, we may be tempted to pull away, thinking God is angry with us as well. But I believe during those moments He longs most to draw us close. The next time you feel swallowed up by life and as if you’re all alone, remember you never are and never will be, because in Christ, you’re held secure.
Jennifer Slattery is a writer, editor, speaker, and the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries. She writes for Crosswalk, is the author of eight contemporary novels, and helped write Wholly Loved’s Bible study based on the life of Sarai (Gen. 12-23) titled Becoming His Princess, releasing in the spring/summer of 2019. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall outings with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband. Visit her online at jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com.
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