Think Back!

Psalm 77:11-12 “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. 12 I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.”

Many are the trials and tribulations that we face in this life. Often it seems that if it were not for the hard days, and too much bad news we would not have any days at all. Time seems to slow down when you are in the eye of the storm; your mind cannot seem to settle, and you grow weary, wondering? “Has God heard my cries for mercy, “Has he forgotten how to be merciful?” Does He even hear my prayers? Why won’t he deliver me now?

Does that sound familiar to anyone? I too have experienced those times when God seemed far away? Has God somehow closed his ears and missed the cries for help, relief, mercy” Why oh why won’t he do something! I cry out Lord, I need you!

Then my mind goes to his word, I recall what the bible says about God, and I remember all the times He has performed miracles and rescued me. I remember those times when all seemed hopeless, and then the God of hope stepped in, and almost without me knowing how, the answer was there, the crisis over, my heart at peace.

God is faithful to His children. There are those times when he seems distant because we have sin in our lives, something we are doing that needs God’s correction and discipline, and His correction is birthed from his love for us, as is his discipline. He is still right there. We feel a shifting, a distance out of guilt or shame; and at these times the devil loves to make us feel crummy, to hinder our approaching the throne of mercy and talking to our loving Lord about it. If you feel afraid or shame when approaching God, remember it is not coming from God, but from the enemy of your soul.

David was feeling like God had forgotten his people, that God had somehow forgotten how to be merciful, but he too remembered all that God had done, the mighty deeds, the miracles, the answered cries for help and mercy, and David was strengthened, and his faith made stronger.

God does not change; we read these words in Malachi 3:6 “For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”
If God had no mercy we would know it! It is His love and mercy that took him to the cross where he suffered a brutal death. It is that same love and mercy that makes him stay close. We need to remember that God does not come too soon or too late. 2 Peter 3:8-10 says: “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

The bottom line, God’s timing is not your timing. He is faithful in all his ways and he tells us that he will supply all our needs, and if he said it, it
is the truth! Matthew 6:26 says: “Behold the fowls of the air they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?” God has heard, God does see your problem, your hurt, your fear, and your need, and He will answer. He cares more for you than words can say. He is trustworthy and true. So, when you are feeling like He has not heard, does not care, is far away…Think Back! Let your mind remember, let your eyes read in His word, His promises, and let your faith rest in your good, good Fath