Psalm 23:4 (ESV)
Have you ever had times in your life where you are convinced that God is hiding? Where circumstances seem to be swirling out of control and you can’t sense His presence anywhere? I am currently walking through one of these moments where what I thought was stable and trustworthy has suddenly been torn apart. Chaos seems to reign right now and I am telling people that things are foggy, but I know that God is here somehow.
The circumstances of life never take God by surprise. Not once in my life (or in yours) has He been sitting on His throne wondering what happened! He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. He sees all, knows all and feels all that is happening to us. I don’t know about you, but it is all too easy to let my emotions dictate my actions. This is dangerous because my emotions are highly influenced by the storms around me.
I need to remember that God is for me and that He is with me at all times!
When the phone call comes with devastating news, God is there!
When friends turn their backs on you, God is there!
When selfishness and self-promotion seem to rule the day, God is there!
When I am lost and feel forsaken and can’t find my way, God is there!
Often, I feel like I am looking into a cloud-filled expanse of life that is filled with chaos and uncertainty and, admittedly, fear and anxiety. I struggle to see God when things aren’t going my way. I wrestle with His love and mercy when people around me make choices that have such negative consequences.
However, it’s not all about me. It’s about the truth of God’s Word and the certainty that He promises to never leave me nor forsake me. I need to spend less time trying to find God and more time resting in the assurance that He already found me. I need to spend less energy running after His presence and more time remembering that His Holy Spirit lives within me. I need to spend less time stressing and striving for answers to all of the circumstances around me and more time asking God how I can become more like Him through the circumstances around me.
God is never hiding! He is nearby at all times. Regardless of what current circumstances might be telling you, be encouraged that the truth of the Psalmist still stands. Even in the valley of the shadow of death, we have nothing to fear because our God, the Almighty Creator of the universe, is with us!
Dear Lord, thank You that I can lean on Your truth in spite of my feelings. Thank You that You are always with me and that the storms of life can never change our relationship. Thank You for Your peace, Your presence, Your hope and Your grace during times when everything else seems chaotic. Help me to always remember that You are not hiding, but are walking beside me and often carrying me through the craziness of life. Amen!