Most everyone in one way or another are all hurting, all feeling as though they are all in the same boat. There are those sitting on bar stools, laughing, joking, who are part of the crowd, hurting, yet trying to hide their hurt, but they know that which is masked over will only last a brief time. Once off the bar stool, headed for home, realization of the day and hour floods their mind again, and the hurt once hidden for a moment raises its ugly head again. They think, maybe it’s time to give up! Then there are those who are praying, searching for answers by way of the latest Christian book written, yet the end is they too feel like giving up and throwing in the towel! It’s not that they doubt the existence of God or His reality, but their prayers seem to go unanswered, leaving them weary day after day of asking for God to show Himself real in one way or another. In what way? It doesn’t matter! Lord! just let me know…even though I don’t doubt my salvation…I want to feel the closeness to you I once felt, but time has moved on and I find little strength to stir up faith I once had.
If it were not bad enough to be left feeling alone and lonely, then the devil adds his two-cents as he whispers, “Nothing works. Faith in God won’t produce the results you’re looking for!” It’s then that in spite of tears cried, prayers prayed, and trusting in the Word of God, nothing ‘seems’ to change. Days, weeks, and perhaps even years go by, and dreams once had seem to be unanswered leaving you feeling unfilled, and more lonely than before! Maybe it’s just time to give up?! After all, wasn’t it Job who felt much the same way as recorded in Job 23:8&9. “I go east, but he is not there. I go west, but I cannot find him. I do not see him in the north, for he is hidden. I look to the south, but he is concealed.” Job was saying to himself, ‘I honestly know God is there…someplace, looking down on me in all my trouble,’ but I just can’t see Him, I’m unable to hear Him! I sense His presence and, “…have not departed from his commands, but have treasured his words more than daily food,” (Job 23:11, 12), yet as strange as it is to put into words, I feel “God has made me sick at heart…darkness is all around me, thick, impenetrable darkness is everywhere,” (Job 23:16-17) Is it time to give up?
Is there no cure? Is there no help? Then I read again the words of Matthew 10:29, “And yet not one of them (sparrow)… will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.” Today after reading the words of Matthew, I went to the computer, and to a favorite site often used; “The Bible in 50 Versions,” with my eyes landing on the “Common English Version” of Matthew 10. “But not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father knowing about it already.”
You nor I ever fall without our Father God being with us in the fall! That doesn’t mean He falls with us into sin, but He does come down to our fallen condition, and He doesn’t abandon us on our way down! He never forsakes a crippled person…child or adult! In our back yard, especially around the palm trees that surround the pool, doves love to sit under the shade of its branches. One small dove with an injured wing was unable to fly…left to flop around at the mercy of his creator. Perhaps today you may feel like that wounded bird.
Do you question how God can put up with someone like you? Today are you hurting and feeling lost and lonely? Maybe wounded by words from a loved one, or injured unintentionally by a spouse, or son or daughter. Maybe even by someone in the church who unknowingly spoke words that ‘helped’ you fall from your nest. Perhaps today you are questioning how God can love you in your crippled condition! Know this! He does! And not only He does, He also will lovingly bend down and gently help anyone back to the safety of the nest.
It’s not now, nor ever the time to give up! God wants you to know He loves you nor He has not left you alone. His promise continues to be yours that “the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows” (Mt. 10:31). No my friend, It is ‘Not’ a time to give up!
Blessings, Psalm 20:7 Dale & Jeannie