Have you ever felt as though God has abandoned you? In Psalm 88:14, the psalmist asks, “Why, Lord, do you reject me and hide your face from me?” At times in life, we might feel these words deep in our core. This is how I felt recently. It wasn’t that anything major had happened, but there were countless little things in my life that seemed to be going “wrong.” Sometimes life feels just plain hard. I was discouraged and I felt as though God wasn’t with me.
I don’t always remember this in the moment, but the truth is that the enemy is the one who wants us to feel discouraged. He wants us to believe we are all alone, and God has forgotten about us. But God promises to never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:8).
In times like these, it is important for us to take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5) and to turn our thoughts around. We must remind ourselves that God is beside us, no matter what we are facing. And we must keep in mind that as children of God, He allows everything that comes into our lives. So He must have a reason and a purpose.
I am reminded of the incident that happened over 60 years ago in Beatrice, Nebraska. There were 15 members of a church choir who were never late to choir practice. Yet on one particular day, every single person was late. With a roar heard in almost every corner of Beatrice, the West Side Baptist Church blew up. The building was flattened and no one could have survived. Yet because of matters such as a soiled dress, a catnap, an unfinished letter, a geometry problem and a stalled car – every member of the choir was late and no one was injured. I have read about this true story numerous times, yet it always leaves me in awe of God’s goodness and miraculous power. Only God could do something like that! (I first read about this incident in A Treasury of Christmas Miracles by Karen Kingsbury. You can also read a bit about it in this article.)
This reminds me that when things seem to go wrong in our lives, we can trust that God is in control. We can trust that He is still on the throne. And we can fully trust Him with all of the problems we face, no matter how large or small.
© 2021 Bridget A. Thomas