Topic: Does God Still Care? [November 18, 2016]
Text: Psalm 77:1-9
Key Verse: "Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies?" (Psalm 77:9).
Many years ago, a young Midwestern lawyer suffered a deep depression that his friends thought it wise to keep all knives and razors from him. During this time, he wrote, "I am now the most miserable man living. Whether I shall ever be better, I cannot tell. I awfully forebode I shall not". He was wrong. He did recover and went up to become one of America's most loved presidents.
Abraham Lincoln! In our text, the psalmist was crying unto God while making some petitions unto Him. The day he described as "the day of [his] trouble" was rather spent praying than worrying. Perhaps, because it took some time for the answer to come, he became overwhelmed. Although he did not question the existence of God, like some do today, he rather wondered if He still cares like in the days of old. We may at one time have asked those kind of questions: Does God still care? Has He forgotten to be gracious? Has He given up on us? Our reactions and thinking when we pass through the unalterable vicissitudes and complexities of life often determine whether we come out strong or stung.
We must remember that sometimes our setbacks are God's setups to sling and propel us into the next levels of our lives. We mourn and weep when we pass through troubles because it is our nature to do so. But we must not remain in that wilderness forever because even in our lowest straits, God is still there all the time. He cannot neglect His children neither will He forget to be merciful because it is His nature to show mercy. Cheer up, for when you're down to nothing, God is up to something.
Thought for the day: Your setback could be God's setup for the next level.
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