From time to time we all have this question rising within ourselves, specially when we are facing trials and when we are walking through the fire.
JESUS Himself went through this phase when HE was on the Cross.
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
Why are you so far away when I groan for help? PS:22:1
I am sure many of us are in that place right now, where we are asking GOD – Why me? Why now? Why not? Why? Why? Why?
As I am going through something similar in my life right now, one of the things I find hard is to spend time with GOD. Mainly because I feel HE is not with me and HE is not listening to me. All I can feel is my pain, my failure and my limitations.
Still I make it an effort to sit in HIS Presence and even if I can’t say anything I just sit and cry, knowing that HE is counting all my tears.
You keep track of all my sorrows.
You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book. Ps:56:8
So today as I was asking GOD to speak to me as I had to write this blog. And I needed to know why is it that we don’t feel HIS Presence specially during the troubled times, why is it so hard to get through?
Im sure the disciples felt the same way when JESUS was sleeping in the boat and they had confronted a huge storm. I have always thought why in the world will they panic knowing that the Creator of the Universe was with them.But now I can perfectly relate to them, when confronted with trials and storms, the trouble always looks bigger than the reality.The reality in our lives is the Truth that JESUS is always with us just as HE promised.
Give your burdens to the Lord,
and he will take care of you.
He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. Ps:55:22
…Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.(NKJV) Math:28:20
Yes HE will never leave us nor forsake us at any time. The truth be said HE is closer than the very breath that we breathe.The Bible says in Genesis:2:7, GOD breathed HIS very breath into our nostrils and that’s how close HE is.
The reality or the truth never changes but circumstances do, our problems get more complex, our storms grow violent, our failures get frequent, our guilt increases, and before we realise we bury ourselves under all this debris.
The Holy Spirit revealed to me why I felt the way I did, its because all my focus was on my problems, my failures, my limitations. I was constantly magnifying my storm without even realising like the disciples that I was all focused on how big the storm was and how I have failed in so many ways and how I had no control over the storm. It was all about the storm that I lost sight of who was with me through it all. I forgot that JESUS the King of all Kings, Lord of all lords, the Creator of the entire Universe who promised to never leave me alone till the end of age was with me. Focusing on my failures rather than HIS power I completely forgot to magnify HIM for who HE is.
You might be going through your own storm or fire or valley. Grief, failure, loss, unanswered prayers, sickness, disappointment, discouragement, depression and so on. Remember Greater is HE that is in you. Start to magnify the GOD who is with you and start focusing on HIM and HIS qualities and how good HE is and HE will work out everything for your good.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Rom:8:28
You will Start noticing a change in your heart, circumstances might be the same but you will become stronger and the once again the joy of the LORD will be your strength.
All that the enemy wants to do is to divert us from doing the right thing and get us off the track from our journey. Where ever you are right now, just pause and praise HIM and make HIM bigger than any of your problems and you will see the red sea parting and the walls of Jericho falling in your own life.
Complaining, grumbling and ungratefulness was what kept Israelites from entering the Promised Land. So I encourage you to choose wisely to start magnifying and praising GOD above everything else you are facing in life.
Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. I Pet:5:7
GOD bless you and have a praise filled day!!!