O Lord, You are my God; I will exalt You and praise Your name, for in perfect faithfulness You have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.  Isaiah 25:1

When foster children come suddenly to the house, the first thing to do usually is remove their clothes and throw them away, because of the grime. Then the foster parent begins to feed them good food, not the junk food they are used to. They have to take them to the doctor to get the shots they haven’t received, or to get medicine or glasses. They make sure the children take naps, get to bed at a decent hour, show up at school regularly and on time and do their homework. How do these kids respond? Do they say, “I have never been so well loved and so faithfully taken care of?” No! They scream, they get mad, they have tantrums. They find this kind of love disturbing.

     We all would rather God simply meet our expectations, fix our problems, and heal our hurts. I want a God who is faithful to me in ways I understand and expect—in the ways that I choose. Instead, I have found that God often refuses to act in simple, easily understandable ways that coincide with my definition of what His faithfulness should look like.

     Michael Card writes, “I want the God of the magic wand. The God who makes the problem go away. But often, He is the God who comes alongside us and suffers with us. He is the God who never leaves us.”

     Difficulties afford a platform upon which God can show His love. For that reason, God will allow these trials in our lives.  But, like foster kids, we find this kind of love and faithfulness disturbing. We are often unable to say in those times, “I have never been so well loved, so faithfully taken care of.” Will you surrender in childlike trust to the faithful Father God?

*Where in your life is God’s faithfulness disturbing? Tell God how you feel.

God, I confess that I sometimes find Your love disturbing.  Help me to believe that You have my best interest at heart and to surrender in childlike trust to Your fathering of me. In Your loving Name I pray, Amen.

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