Sometimes we feel that God is far away.
When our life is going through tough times, we feel that God is far away. When we are in serious trouble, we feel that we are lonely and nobody cares for us. Even the psalmist cries out to God in this desperate feeling:
“I cry aloud to God,aloud to God, that he may hear me.In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord;in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying;my soul refuses to be comforted.I think of God, and I moan;I meditate, and my spirit faints.Selah
When we have emotional crisis, even our bodies feel the ache.
“You keep my eyelids from closing;I am so troubled that I cannot speak.I consider the days of old,and remember the years of long ago.I commune with my heart in the night;I meditate and search my spirit: ‘Will the Lord spurn forever,and never again be favorable?Has his steadfast love ceased forever?Are his promises at an end for all time?Has God forgotten to be gracious?Has he in anger shut up his compassion?”Selah
In those times, we have to pause to remember what God has done!
“And I say, ‘It is my griefthat the right hand of the Most High has changed.’ I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord;I will remember your wonders of old.I will meditate on all your work,and muse on your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy.What god is so great as our God?You are the God who works wonders;you have displayed your might among the peoples.With your strong arm you redeemed your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.Selah
We then realize that God’s care is extended beyond my personal concern.
“When the waters saw you, O God,when the waters saw you, they were afraid;the very deep trembled.The clouds poured out water;the skies thundered;your arrows flashed on every side.The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind;your lightnings lit up the world;the earth trembled and shook.Your way was through the sea,your path, through the mighty waters;yet your footprints were unseen. You led your people like a flockby the hand of Moses and Aaron.”
Our God is the Creator who care for the whole universe. Sometimes, our sufferings and trails are part of the process of becoming one with God’s creation. God is in control and our personal concerns should be subject to the big picture that God is drawing in the whole universe!