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God Keeps His Word

And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

Romans 8:23

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A few years ago, Pew Research did a survey to find out what Americans mean when they say they believe in God. Although they found that a majority of people (56% to be exact) said they believe in God as described in the Bible, only 28% said they talk to God and that God talks to them, while almost twice as many (47%) said they talk to God but that God does not talk to them.1 The thing about statistics is that they always portray numerically what many of us already know experientially. And these statistics are no exception. So many of us say we believe in God, we affirm his existence, we trust what Scripture tells us about him, and yet, we still find ourselves feeling disconnected from him.

Our lives are complicated and, too often, chaotic. We’re daughters, sisters, mothers, friends, wives. We’re students, teachers, lawyers, artists, politicians, doctors, CEOs. Our day-to-day lives pull us in what feels like a hundred different directions, from late nights at the office, to weekends spent chauffeuring kids, to trying our best to be the world’s greatest aunt/boss/sister/girlfriend. Even so, the world continues to turn, rolling out so many hashtags, campaigns, social causes, cries for justice, we can hardly keep up. And while we do our best to manage our hundred-miles-an-hour lives, so many of us do so looking forward to the rest we hope we’ll find at the other side of one more deadline or promotion, one more bake sale or booster club meeting, one more blind date or pound lost.

This is, after all, what it means to live in the twenty-first century, or so we tell ourselves. And while that may be true, our longing for rest, our longing for stability, for something we can depend on, someone we can trust, is as old as time. So, we do what so many Christians have done before us. We pray. We reach out to God—the God we believe in, the God of the Bible—only to find ourselves on the wrong end of a statistic, on one end of what can feel like a chasm of universal proportions.

It’s one of the ironies of life that it’s in the midst of the hard moments, when we feel most disconnected from God, that we’re led to ask the deep questions of faith. Questions like, “Are you there, God? Are you working in the world? Do you keep your word?” The same questions that have been asked by countless generations before us.

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to unpack these questions as we study the covenants we find in Scripture. And as we look at how God has worked in the world and in the lives of his people, we’ll be reminded once again that not only is God there, but more importantly, he is here—with us, always present and always working in our world and in our lives.

1 “When Americans Say They Believe In God, What Do They Mean?,” Pew Research Center, Pew Research,April 23, 2018,


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Is there an area of your life—work, home, school, family, relationships, health—where you feel disconnected from God? Is there an area where you desperately need God to show up?

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Yes! My husband and I just found out that our ministry partners are leaving in 2 weeks, with no warning or conversation about them looking for other positions. We are hurt and confused and wondering how we are going to keep up with ministry alone. We are praying desperately that God will show up in a way we could never ask or imagine.

I feel disconnected from God the most is when I get to busy. I have to sit back and remember He is there even in the busy times of life. I have gotten better at this as I get older but at times I find myself in a hurry and feel lost.

with my toxic new daughter in law who is suffering from her parents new divorce causing a form of alienation to us, her extended husband’s family. crushing our hearts and spirit but trust God is at work; pray the LORD turns her eyes to Him and fills her with His Spirit.

All of them. It seems like if it’s not family, it’s school, husband, kids, work, church etc. hitting me from every direction like whiplash. Hindsite I see Him, but in the midst it’s difficult.

I need God to show up in my work. My current place of work has times where evil seems to be glorified and God is shoved onto the back shelf.

God has shown in up in all areas of my life. He has made it very clear to me since becoming a new believer this year that he not only exists, he provides. Where I feel disconnected from God is in the plan. I struggle accepting that it’s all in God’s will. I believe that’s true, but my analytical brain wants me to "find the facts" while my heart is screaming to have faith in his will.

I believe in God. I believe he is real. I believe he is present in my life. I don’t trust I know how to hear him. I want him to show up in all aspects of my life.. as a servant to him, as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. And I also believe he is showing up, and that I need to learn or understand how to recognize it’s God. How to trust it’s Him.

Work and Finances. I recognize we are provided for, and that blessing is immense. The feeling that can change is always around the corner. And everyone I feel a positive shift in a more secure situation, something unexpected changes and we are back to square one. I’m exhausted and feel like I am failing.

Yes! I am a daughter of a minister and now a minister’s wife and I feel neglected, lost, and alone in this roll. The fire for ministry that I once had is dull and used up. I feel used and abused by the church and I’ve allowed it to affect my personal relationship with God. I know He is faithful to the church but I honestly sometimes shake my head and say, “Why are you faithful to something so toxic?” And through all of it, I know He will show up.

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