“I cry out to God; yes, I shout. Oh, that God would listen to me! When I was in deep trouble, I searched for the Lord. All night long I prayed, with hands lifted toward heaven, but my soul was not comforted. I think of God, and I moan, overwhelmed with longing for his help. (Interlude) You don’t let me sleep. I am too distressed even to pray! I think of the good old days, long since ended, when my nights were filled with joyful songs. I search my soul and ponder the difference now. Has the Lord rejected me forever? Will he never again be kind to me? Is his unfailing love gone forever? Have his promises permanently failed? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he slammed the door on his compassion? (Interlude) And I said, “This is my fate; the Most High has turned his hand against me.” But then I recall all you have done, O Lord; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago. They are constantly in my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about your mighty works.” Psalms 77:1-12 NLT
Have you ever been there? Feeling like God is a million miles away? Feeling forgotten and forsaken? Feeling like you can't even put words together to pray? Sometimes circumstances are distressing and can make us cynical. In those moments we "feel" alone. There we sulk in our sadness and become sour in our attitude. Our perspective becomes distorted and we blame God. Naturally, we become discouraged and depressed. It is then that we MUST allow our memory to take us back to the times when God has proven His faithfulness in the past, in all of history and in our own history. We MUST allow the testimony of the past to renew our perspective and solidify us in our resolve that God is, indeed, with us. Stop thinking of the current adversity and ponder upon God Himself. He is unchanging and steadfast. He is the same in the difficulty as He is in the prosperity. He is worthy of our trust! When life gets tough, simply trust God! When we try to fix it, we will only exacerbate the issues. When we try, we fail. When we trust, God succeeds!!
Rev. Curtis Norris