God Is Near
I Am Closer Thank You Think. – God
Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I run away from where you are? If I take the wings of the morning or live in the farthest part of the sea, even there your hand will lead me and your right hand will hold me. Psalm 139:7, 9-10 (NLV)
A lot of times in life it seems there are more shadows than sunshine, more troubles than peace. Our circumstances cause us to wonder, “Where is God in the midst of my sorrows? Where is God when the pain overwhelms?” We can easily think God does not care about us or He’s forgotten us. But God never leaves us or fails us. And when we call out to God for help and comfort, His peace comes—a peace you can’t understand and a calmness that can’t be explained. Don’t give up on God. He is closer than you think.
Life. It gets ragged around the edges sometimes. Whole fragments tear away from us and we’re left trying to make sense of the mess. The kids fight. The husband won’t manage the money. The wife simply walks away. Work is demanding. Bills keep coming. Friends are suffering. We lose our grip and wonder how in the world did we get here in the first place?
There’s dark, shadowy places on this journey we call life. Places where we’d rather not travel, especially alone. The pressures overwhelm and the fears are real. And we curl up and cry out, “Where is God?” We demand answers. Because everything we knew about God up until now said that He would be here.
But believing goes beyond seeing. And though sadness surrounds and everything’s about to crush, God is with you in the midst of it all. He won’t give you more trouble than you can bear. He’ll carry the full load if you can’t. He’ll carry you when you reach your limit. And though the darkness antagonizes and the circumstances depress, God is there. The Bible says, when we call out to God for help and comfort, His peace comes. It’s a peace you can’t understand and a calmness that can’t be explained. Don’t give up on God. He is closer than you think.
Meditate on Psalm 77. Do you empathize with the Psalmist in the first few verses? Note the transition found in verse 10. What is the key to his change of perspective? Have you witnessed some “works of the Lord” in your life? Write a few of them down. Praise God out loud for what He has done for you. Share a specific “work of the Lord” with one person before this day ends.
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