Vaughn Forest Family,
This past Sunday during the worship gatherings we sang a song together called “Here Again.” This song is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I think this song is such a great reminder of God’s faithfulness to us and how much we truly depend on Him.
I particularly love the lyrics in the bridge of that song that says:
“Not for a minute was I forsaken, the Lord is in this place.”
Standing there, worshipping, I couldn’t help but think back to some of the times in my life where it’s been hard to see how God could turn the situation I was in into victory. Have you ever been there? In the middle of the trial, in the midst of the storm, even though He has come through and proven faithful time and time again, it seems so natural for us to doubt.
I think it’s in those moments where the situation seems the most lost that it’s the MOST important for us to trust in the promises that God has made to us. Those dark times of the soul are when God is usually teaching us the most and drawing us closer to Him. It’s the tough times, the adversity, that we look back on once the victory has been won and realize that God was right there with us the entire time. Not for a moment were we forsaken.
Check out just a few scriptures here that tell us about the faithfulness of God:
“But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” –Psalm 86:15
“Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.” –Psalm 36:5
“Even if we are faithless, he remains faithful.” -2 Timothy 2:13
“But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.” -2 Thessalonians 3:3
I could go on and on with scripture that reminds us of God’s steadfast care for us.
This past season, in my own life and in the life of Vaughn Forest Church, has been one where we have seen ups and downs, trials and victory. There have been times where we weren’t sure of the next step, but looking back we can see clearly that God has been guiding us all along. Never once was He not in control.
Too, this season of prayer and fasting has been so incredible for me personally and I believe has drawn us closer as a body of believers to each other and to God. As we prepare to enter into the next season, let us not forget the lessons we have learned. God has been so faithful. He hasn’t let us go for a moment. I truly believe that the best is yet to come, and as we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit together, we will keep seeing the victory.
-Chad Boak, Creative Pastor