“But I am like a green olive tree
in the house of God.
I trust in the steadfast love of God
forever and ever.
I will thank You forever,
because You have done it.
I will wait for Your name, for it is good,
in the presence of the godly.”
There is a preciousness to faith. A value and beauty surpassing even the finest gold.
How often do I fail to recognize this?
O, may I not devalue it by wishing away that which God has purposed to strengthen and purify my faith.
In Isaiah, there is a verse in which those from other nations come to Israel seeking the Lord, “because He has made you beautiful” (Isaiah 60:9). Ecclesiastes 3:11 conveys that God makes everything beautiful in its time.
What greater beauty than unwavering faith, displayed in a life wholly trusting in and surrendered to the Lord? Faith exemplified in one who shares these words with the psalmist: I will trust Your steadfast love forever. I will thank You forever, even before I can see the fulfillment of Your promises. I will wait for You, for You are good. And I will do all of this alongside others who also love and trust in Your name, who will hope and rejoice with me.
Doubt casts shadows over our days, over our circumstances. I have felt its shadow over mine recently. It steals our joy. It hinders our ability to take in truth. It displays itself in our lives, demonstrating that we aren’t confident in the love or power or faithfulness of our God.
Faith, though, is the opposite. Faith brings light. Faith stirs joy in our heart, and this overflows to our face and our actions. It fills our mouth with words of hope. Faith strengthens and frees us, so that we can run with abandon in the paths of our Lord’s commands and dance radiant over His goodness (Psalm 119:32; Jeremiah 31:12-13). It impacts everything and pours out so that others can see it – they see the confidence in who we know our God to be.
As I reflect on the immeasurably precious value of faith, I wonder as I look at circumstances I would not have chosen – how can I wish them away when I know my God of steadfast love has purposed them for the building of my faith? For good, for my joy, and for the glory of His grace?
He wants my faith to shine. “So that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:7).
May we trust Him in the questions. May we trust Him in the waiting, in the hurts, in the confusion, in the difficulty.
Trusting in His steadfast love.
Thanking Him forever, for what He has done and what He has not done yet – because His promises are sure, and He will see that they come to pass perfectly.
Waiting in hope and joy in the midst of those who love Him, for our God is good.