Psalm 83:1-3 “A Song or Psalm of Asaph. Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God. For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.”
Today’s blog might be titled “Where is God in my time of need?” or “Does God even hear my prayers?”
I often hear from God’s people that they do not, nor cannot understand why God doesn’t answer their prayers when their situation and circumstance seems dire or near catastrophe. When you and I see this world wax worse and worse, it is no wonder we cry out to God for deliverance and help in time of need.
Did you ever feel like your life is just going from one problem on to the next? At times, it seems there is no letup nor relief. Where is God? Does He not care that we are drowning here?
The very fact that my eternity is secure in Christ Jesus makes me step back and view things differently. God does not think as I think. Meaning, I may not quite understand the whole situation properly or see things as clearly as I ought.
Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
I cannot allow the enemy to take my mind down a dark path.
When I am in the grip of sin, my shame and guilt can be overwhelming at times. I must know that though I have sinned, it is already paid for by the salvation I have in Jesus Christ. It is the quality of the relationship I now have and the testimony I will have with those around me that pushes me to repentance.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
Satan wishes me not to see the path God has for me to be restored.
He deceives me into thinking that God is as disgusted with my sin as I am and wants nothing to do with me. That could not be further from the truth. The very fact that the Father sent Jesus to be our Savior meant He knew full well what He was getting before I ever came to be saved.
If there was to be any value or equity in this relationship, God got the wrong end of the deal!
We received far more and far better than what He ever would get on my best day!
It is our fear of the unknown or our desire to be in control of all the facts before we take one more step. We shift the responsibility or blame onto God when we are in a dark place or not knowing or understanding just what to do; where to go; or how to handle the whole situation.
It is human nature to want to be in control of all the facts before we decide or move forward. What’s the fun in that? Where does our faith come alive? Unless we are people who trust God even when we cannot see, we must never undo in doubt what we decided in faith.
As you enter into another weekend, do you truly have the “peace that passeth all understanding”?
Philippians 4:6-7 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
When you and I relinquish our thinking and our meditation into God’s care, we will begin to see that He is far more interested in our welfare than that for which we give Him thanks and praise.
Much of what we read in Psalms is the musings of men who loved God; walked with God, and tried to understand more about God to draw closer to Him.
From where you and I stand here, today; we have every resource, every promise, and in America, every freedom to draw as close to God as we want to be. His promise assures me that if I draw close, He will draw near to me as well.
James 4:8 “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
Through humility, faith, and trust; I can reassure my soul that God has not, nor will He ever leave me.
Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
He was there through the worst storm and the darkest night. When all seemed lost – He wasn’t. Outside of the crucifixion, Job went through one of the worst trials recorded. Yet, we read:
Job 23:3 “Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!”
It was not for lack of trying on Job’s part…
Job 23:8-9 “Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:”
But then his faith shines light into his soul.
Job 23:10 “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”
Take heart child of God – you are worth more than gold!