Has God left the building? Why are bad things happening to me? Why did you allow that? These are common questions from a people who don’t always understand our circumstances. When we get into the glue, we immediately wonder ‘what is God doing?’
1 I cried out to God for help;
I cried out to God to hear me.
2 When I was in distress, I sought the Lord;
at night I stretched out untiring hands,
and I would not be comforted.
9 Has God forgotten to be merciful?
Has he in anger withheld his compassion?”
10 Then I thought, “To this I will appeal:
the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.
11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
12 I will consider all your works
and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”
13 Your ways, God, are holy.
What god is as great as our God?
14 You are the God who performs miracles;
you display your power among the peoples.
15 With your mighty arm you redeemed your people,
the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.
Psalm 77:1-2, 9-15
There are times when you wonder, where is God? Has he left me or abandoned me? Why is he letting bad things happen to me? In Psalm 77, David wonders whether God has forgotten to be merciful or is angry and therefore withholding his compassion. In these times, we can make some really bad assumptions about God’s will and his plan.
David turns the corner as he meditates on who God is and how God works. God has not changed. Even though David is in a very difficult position, God is still God. He is still the one who has a history of powerful deeds and blessing toward his people.
He is the God of miracles of which David can count and attest. David recognizes that God is holy and he is powerful and he is loving. These things all work together in God’s hand, which is stretched out for his people and occasionally in a way which allows struggle and even disadvantage. Sometimes God does discipline his people. Sometimes your struggle may be because you need to head in a different direction.
Resist the temptation, however, to think that God doesn’t care or that he isn’t close by. When you put your faith in Jesus, he promises to never leave us. And so, we ought to proclaim who God is – the holy and powerful and miraculous God. Even if we don’t understand our circumstance, we can understand God’s love and faithfulness to us…