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Faith That Never Fails

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Faithfulness can only be found in the Author of faith itself.

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The hot Georgia air was thick that day in the summer between my freshman and sophomore year of high school; the southern sun made it even harder to breathe. I practically ran to the car, my mother stumbling after me, and I sobbed into the passenger side window as soon as I was safe, buckled inside. 

“How could my friends be so mean to me?” I had asked her. 

It’s been ten years since that day, and I can still feel the hot tears on my cheeks, can still smell the leather paneled onto the armrest of my mom’s shotgun seat. 

We are rarely ever prepared for the moments that make us. And sometimes we spend our entire lives trying to downplay a memory, saying things like, “It’s normal to lose people in high school,” and “You move on,” when really, we’re twenty-seven and are still having to go to counseling to figure out why we can’t sit safely and trusting in our relationships today. 

What I couldn’t have possibly prepared myself for is the way that losing friends would somehow become unimaginably harder in my adult years. That might be because I expected people to have outgrown leaving; it might be because I expected people to be in their late twenties and no longer have the time for that sort of pain; it might be because I started thinking that once we all reached adulthood in the church, we would all look a little more like Jesus and have a little more in common with the people in our small groups.  

To be honest, it’s probably a little bit of all three.  

Nevertheless, here I am at twenty-seven years old with a full-time job that brings me endless satisfaction, a newborn that gives me undoubtable purpose, a husband that makes me feel safer in my own skin than I have in my whole life, bills to pay and keep me busy, the general mundaneness of adulthood, and yet—losing people hasn’t gotten any easier. Betrayal hasn’t become something I am used to. Being lied about and lied to hasn’t lost its hurtful touch.  

So, what do we do when the carousel door of our hotel-heart seems to spin faster the older we get?  

In a world where we watch people fall every day...where a new failure is another headline at least once a week, and someone new that we used to quote and follow and let lead us into the abyss of not exactly knowing how to do this life... is God really safe to turn to?  

If we’re being honest, most of the people that have let us down also hold a spot on church stages or in our Sunday school rooms.  

How do we reconcile the pain of relationships with the wholeness found in having a relationship with Jesus? 

Romans 3 is where I personally have found comfort in the ever-shifting cancel culture and life transitions that leave me feeling lonely.  

Paul begins Romans 3 with this sentiment:  
 
Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? Much in every way. To begin with, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? By no means! Let God be true though every one were a liar, as it is written, 

“That you may be justified in your words, and prevail when you are judged” (Romans 3:1-4 ESV)” 

My idol in this life is believing that since me and the people around me are meant to be reflections of Jesus, then they will be Jesus in my life. In reality, that has never been the case. And it hurts that much more when the people who are meant to represent Jesus end up looking nothing like Him.  

So, I come back to Romans – where I am reminded that, while me and my fellow believers are charged with bearing God’s image, God is faithful when no one else seems to be; God is true when all the others lie.  

Don’t forget that the people around you aren’t Jesus, even though they know Him and love Him. If they let you down, Jesus won’t. If they walk out, Jesus won’t. If they lie, Jesus doesn’t.  

Faithfulness can only be found in the Author of faith itself.  

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