Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The God Who is Always There

Hidden in the hands of Moses and Aaron, You led your people.
~ Psalm 77:20, MSG

It is tempting, in times of weariness, to think that God is not present. And the Psalmist who wrote Psalm 77 is not unfamiliar with that struggle. What can we learn from him as we struggle in 2016? How can we relate this passage to our here and now and find the same hope that this author found?

The simple answer is that we serve the same God today who never changes, who is good, and who is in perfect control. We can learn from the Psalmist because we can listen to his inspired words and learn to really pray. Take a moment to read it all right now.


The author starts out by crying out to the Lord in his dire situation. We too need to learn to cry out in our times of distress. 


The author confesses his honest struggle with doubt, he doesn't sleep, he stresses over his present circumstances. These things are getting him nowhere and he is honest about them before God. Then he remembers something.

The Psalmist starts to recount and ponder the things that God has done. These early hearers would remember clearly the miracles that God performed bringing His children out of the wilderness. This is an amazing remembrance. It gives him hope, yet how much more so should we have hope when we consider what God has done through Christ. His death and resurrection on our behalf is astounding. This is a greater miracle that we can recount and as we do, our hope will be restored. Our doubt dwindles. Our love soars. 

As God accomplishes all of these things that the Psalmist recounts, he ends with , "Hidden in the hands of Moses and Aaron, You led your people like a flock of sheep." This is beautiful to me. It resounds in a way that I hope encourages you as it did me. 

You see, though the people could not see God directly, God used men to lead them through the wilderness. God was not always seen, but He was always present. Today, we are like the Moses and Aaron who lead our flock.  God is quietly using us to grow, lead, and move our children toward Him. It is no mistake that you are a parent to the specific child you are raising. God is working. He is present. He is quietly sanctifying you and your child to be more like Christ. 

We cannot always see His leading clearly but if we are in Christ we have the Holy Spirit living in us. It is by that power that we can lead and guide our children in all things no matter what needs they have. We can do this because God is with us. He is always present, working, some times quietly and other times more loudly, but let us pattern our hope and trust after this Psalmist when the rough times come.

Prayer:
Father, thank you for never leaving us or forsaking us. Thank you for the gift of your Son who lived the perfect life so we did not have to, we couldn't and were hopeless without His sacrifice. Thank you for being a generous Father who is always guiding us. We thank you and praise you for this word of encouragement from the Psalms. Thank you for your word. In Jesus Name. Amen.

~Angela 

6 comments:

  1. I praise God for this devotion on this day! I needed this like ointment to a wound. These words encouraged my soul from the depths. God answered my prayer through this devotion. Thank you so much for allowing Him to use you. Thanks for being honest, open, and vulnerable so we can know that we are not alone.

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  2. Our omnipresent God. We're so blessed!

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  3. Denie, thank you! God is good to give us exactly what we need at just the right time. Praying His peace continues to be fully present in your life!

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  4. Denie, thank you! God is good to give us exactly what we need at just the right time. Praying His peace continues to be fully present in your life!

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