By Ricardo Bacchus, CQ Editorial Assistant

It’s Not a Feeling; It’s a Fact

1998. Prayer Conference. Andrews University. Changed life.

“God is good, all the time. And all the time, God is good!” we shouted at the top of our lungs. Tommy* and I couldn’t contain ourselves. The passion we felt for God was overwhelming. On this trip, we didn’t anticipate that we would have such a deep craving for the Holy Spirit. Feeling this close to God was a new experience for us. After the exclamations of praise, 3,000+ teenagers started singing an old familiar hymn . . . and didn’t stop. This went on for over 10 minutes. The chills engulfed me and the tears filled my eyes. Tommy and I excused ourselves and falling on the church lobby’s floor, we completely gave our hearts and lives to Jesus Christ.

Then, we returned home.

And reality hit us.

Have you felt this “high for God” that I’m referring to?! Have you been so on fire for Him, but then just a few days later you crash and burn? When I came home from this incredible prayer conference, I thought my entire life would be different. That I would be able to withstand every difficulty and temptation. That people would only see a smile on my face. That I would be perfect! But, it was quite the opposite. Satan was still present, with his deceptions and all. The amazing feeling I sensed from God was crushed! I was reminded that “If you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall” (1 Cor. 10:12, NIV).

But one thing I knew for sure was that even though I didn’t feel as close to God as I did just days before, I knew for a fact that He was right by my side and that His promises were true. In life, we will go through spiritual highs and lows. Sin is the culprit and is ever present in the world today. God is greater!

So now, when I am reminded that God is good, all the time, I find this to be totally accurate. I may not feel His presence 24/7, but each day He is reviving and reforming me to be more like Him.

Our lives are like rollercoasters; God is constant. Our lives are bipolar; God is unchanging. The economy, yo-yos, and elevators go up and down; God remains stable and able!

2014. In a meeting. At work. Changed life . . . each and every day.
* Pseudonym.