Saturday, April 09, 2011

Where are You, God?

 1My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
 2O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.
 3But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
 4Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
 5They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded. 

Where are You, God?

One of the greatest difficulties we face in the Christian life comes during those seasons when it seems as though we are all alone, and God is nowhere to be found. It is important for us to note that all Christians go through times when their heart cries out, "Where are you, God?" Even David, a man after God's own heart experienced such times of feeling isolated from God.

What we note about David, however, is that he always seasoned his words in hope. He barely got the words of Psalm 21, verses 1 and 2 out of his mouth, when they were followed by the assurances he expressed in verses 3 through 5. 

For the unsuspecting Christian, Satan loves to pour out denials of God and times of great discouragement; he continually bombards God's people with doubts of God's very presence in their lives. So, the first thing we should note is that we are not alone! Remember, even Elijah became discouraged when Jezebel, the queen, sought his life. In 1 Kings 19, he cried out to God, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.” (New King James Version)

When we suddenly seem flooded with doubts toward God, let us remember to stop and ponder the great testimony of Christendom before us. History is filled with examples of God's intercession on behalf of his people. As a matter of fact, we do not really have to look that far back, for all of us have experienced times of great joy when we see God's amazing answers to our own prayers.

God is not dead; He does not sleep, and He never forgets his own! When our heart cries out, "Where are you, God?", let us join David in proclaiming, 

 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
 Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
 They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.

Yes, our fathers trusted in God, and he delivered them. So, too, will God deliver us from all evil; so, too, will we join our fathers of bygone days in the glorious kingdom that God is preparing for his saints.

What an amazing God we serve!

God Bless You,
Linda

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