A Take From 2018: The Lord Is Faithful

BY ABBY CANTRELL




After completing my final classes of a Bachelor’s degree, I have had some spare time to ponder on what God has been teaching me this year.


The message He has given me time after time is that “He Is Faithful.” For this, I am thankful and overjoyed because I am so undeserving of His faithfulness to me.


I was thinking back to a quiet time that I vividly remember from the semester. On my way to school that morning, I was praying that God would help me in my weakness, actually stated the word weakness in my prayer. I settle in to do my quiet time that morning, and He leads me to Romans 8:26-28, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”


I found myself at a loss for words because I was overtaken by the how intimately my Creator knows my heart. He revealed Himself to me and reminded me that He is sovereign over all. He simply wants me to trust Him.


Aside from that instance, I have watched God move in so many mighty ways this semester.


He blessed me with many opportunities to speak truth and to make His name known.

He has given me a community of believers to encourage my heart and to challenge me in my faith.

He has revealed plans to me for the coming semester and shown Himself through so many connections at that place.


Just this week, He revealed 2 Corinthians 12: 9-10 to me, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”


It became clear that God does use our weaknesses to show His power and to show His sovereignty.


What a blessing it is to be a part of that! We, filthy, sinful people, are used by the creator of the universe!


We are used by the Great I Am, yet we are so unsatisfied! We are always searching for something to fulfill us, and I know that God is probably saying “I am enough to satisfy your soul. I am enough to quench your thirst. Boast in who I am today because I will never fail you or forsake you.”


May we boast in the character of God today!

May boast in the hope and the joy that He brings! May we boast in the chance He gives at salvation and an eternity with Him!


At the beginning of the week, I was talking to one of my professors about future plans, and he asked, “Are you planning on doing graduate school, starting work, or getting married soon?” I politely replied, “I have no idea.” He continued, “What a blessing that is, Abby, to have no idea. Isn’t that the beauty of trusting God to find out His plan?”


I began to thank God for such a time as this where there are many unknowns but also so much freedom and excitement. I cannot help but think that God teaching me about His faithfulness this year has prepared me for what is to come. He has prepared me to trust Him and to allow Him to truly be Lord of my life.


After knowing that He orchestrated all of this, I sit, and I can not even fathom or begin to understand how a God who is so good desires to know me so deeply and how a God who is so powerful pursues my heart even when I am not focused on Him.


What a love this is…. A love worth selling out for. A love worth surrendering your life for.


I hope that this encourages you to seek out what God has been teaching you the past year and to act on that in a way that is pleasing  and glorifying to our Lord who is so worthy of every ounce of our breath and effort.



-Abby C