“The promise of the Lord proves true”
The word “proves” shows that we can’t know whether God is fulfilling his promise until LATER. It is in hindsight, after we are out of the period of desolation, that we can see God’s redemption. This comforts me because when I’m in a low place I always feel far from God and abandoned. I need to relax, knowing that God’s promises always prove true, in hindsight.
I am listening to a ten-hour lecture on the Rules of St. Ignatius on a DVD Miriam gave me for Christmas. Ignatius confesses that life will be a rollercoaster of consolation (spiritual good times) and desolation (dark times). PERIOD. However, armed with knowledge of this and of his rules, we can make the dark times shorter. This is very helpful. A happier life is the result. You store up God’s love in the good times to get you through the bad.
“WHEN you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord” says the same thing. You can’t prevent it forever; you can only turn to the Lord when it happens.