This morning, I read Psalm 25. The chapter is a beautiful reminder and praise of God's faithfulness. Verse 10 stood out to me, resonated with a devotional I heard earlier this week.
"All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep His covenant and His testimonies." -Psalm 25:10
Let's work backwards through this verse, first determining to whom this truth applies. Who are "...those who keep His covenant and His testimonies"? We are - His children. We strive to become holy, to uphold His covenant and testimonies, for He is holy. We are followers of Christ.
Following Christ means walking the paths He leads us down. And, this verse says, "all the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness (emphasis added)."
All of them... including the hard ones. Including the ones that are so horrifically painful, so utterly devastating that leave you screaming why, the ones that seem to have nothing redeeming, the ones that leave you battered and broken.
Any and every path you find yourself on, God is with you. Because He is steadfast love - the firmest, strongest, most relentless kind of love. And because He is faithful, His nature cannot contradict Himself, which makes Him utterly worthy of our trust.
"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose." -Romans 8:28
Those who love God. Those who are called. Chosen. Children. Beloved.
You may be deep in the valley, covered by darkness and grief. You may be high on the mountaintop, surrounded in light and joy. Regardless of where you find yourself, you are in God's hand. He has not forsaken you.
Our loving Shepherd is faithful to lead us through the green pastures, and He is just as faithful to lead us through the dark valley.
-Mariah Klement of https://theextraordinarymama.com/blog/