DAY 2: HE HAS NOT FORSAKEN YOU
For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
I remember crying to God every minute to heal my dad. I quoted every verse, I declared His word over my dad’s life, but the more I prayed, the more I felt his grip becoming less tight. Dad was slowly slipping away and my heart couldn’t take it.
I worried, and worry did not make the day’s sorrow any less, but drained tomorrow’s hope all the more.
I cried, I was distraught. But even in the mist of the chaos, the shock, the confusion, I felt God’s hand in everything. Every circumstance was God ordained. It’s funny how His peace is more tangible in our desperate moments, of course if we let Him in – for we can choose to harden our hearts instead.
David said in Psalms 17 that it is safe to rest in the Lord, for one day we will see His face in righteousness when we awaken in His likeness.
I think that death is the final act of God’s love to us – for in death, He calls us home, to Him, where there no pain. What demonstrates a greater love, than a parent welcoming home his beloved son or daughter?
Circumstances do, of course, affect our sense of happiness. Death is one dreadful circumstance.
Death not only changes our lives, but it has the capability of growing our faith or killing it entirely.
How you choose to react to the given circumstance is purely one’s prerogative but God’s hand is always outstretched to lead us thought those dark valleys. Ask yourself this, if the circumstances around you remain the same, and various obstacles appear insurmountable, can you still find the peace God promises?
Will you still know that He has not forsaken you?
Is it even possible to experience God’s peace even in the midst of so much tension and difficulty?
If your experience is anything like mine, I have come to know that finding peace is not a destination as much as it is a journey. Making progress on a pain stalking journey toward peace may be hard to measure sometimes. You may even feel as if you are taking one step forward and two steps back. Like life itself, our progress toward peace does not follow a linear path.
But as you base your peace on the character and personhood of God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — you will find that in the end, even in those turbulent times of in your life, those times, have drawn you closer to the one who is himself our peace.
The mystery of how exactly this can happen resides not so much in our own efforts but in God’s grace and in his unswerving desire to deliver on the promise he has made.
God will allow us to go through trials, but trials do not mean that he has forsaken us.
Can you say that the sun isn’t shining because its overcast?
Can you say that stars do not exist at night because its dark?
The answer is no! The sun hasn’t gone away. It has been merely obscured by a cloud covering.
In the same way, we might not feel as if God is there in our trails and hard times, but He is. It is simply a feeling because we are human, we would rather have happy moments than have our faith strengthened in Christ though hard times.
So even if you do not feel like God is there, He is. He simply wants you to trust in Him, trust in His leading, trust in his ways, let him carry you through. He says, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’ Hebrews 13:5.
He wants you to lance out to the deep, and there He will find you. He wants you to grow in faith, he wants to root you in, such that your testimony after the trials, will soon be someone’s hope.
He has not forsaken you! He will not forsake you! Do not worry about tomorrow.