Outstretched

“I cried out to God with my voice— To God with my voice; And He gave ear to me. In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; My hand was stretched out in the night without ceasing; My soul refused to be comforted. I remembered God, and was troubled; I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭77:1-3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Outstretched

There seems to be a restlessness in creation, as if all of humanity and indeed the entire planet is awaiting a happening. Each day feels like life is hanging in stasis, suspended, not moving forward or back, just swaying in the winds of uncertainty. We all know something big is coming, we even know that it will likely be difficult, but the suspense is killing us.

Many people, even unbelievers, are finding themselves looking at the world we live in and are seeing how bad things appear. Many are beginning to look for answers. Even I find myself, eyes wide open in the middle of the night, wondering where it’s is all going.

It is in those moments, that I cry out to God, with heart and hands outstretched, begging for understanding. At my core, I know what the answer is, as I know that things in this world will wax worse and worse, as entropy eats away at the fringes of the world, working its way to the heart, until Jesus returns and brings correction to the world.

But still I struggle.

“You hold my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak. I have considered the days of old, The years of ancient times. I call to remembrance my song in the night; I meditate within my heart, And my spirit makes diligent search. Will the Lord cast off forever? And will He be favorable no more? Has His mercy ceased forever? Has His promise failed forevermore? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has He in anger shut up His tender mercies? Selah”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭77:4-9‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

In the darkest moments, I question: does God even care? The evil of humanity is overwhelming, and there seems as if there can be no hope.

“But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them,”
‭‭II Timothy‬ ‭3:13-14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Every aspect of life is affected from the world, to the pew.

In those dark, quiet moments, I remember the Lord. I take comfort in the fact the Lord hears me. His answers are not always what I desire, but I know that I can trust Him.

“I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them. Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭34:4-8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Brothers and sisters, we know that God is for us, we know that He cares, and that He is aware. We rejoice in His sovereignty, knowing that He has everything in His hand and nothing is out of His control. You may not know what He is doing with His hand, but you know that you can trust His heart.

How then show we live? We live by keeping a remembrance of what He has done. Each of us has had an experience when we have felt the loving hand of God on our lives, when we have had to trust even when we could not see the future. We have the memory of deliverance, a testimony of all the Lord has done.

“And I said, “This is my anguish; But I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High.” I will remember the works of the Lord; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will also meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds. Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary; Who is so great a God as our God? You are the God who does wonders; You have declared Your strength among the peoples. You have with Your arm redeemed Your people, The sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭77:10-15‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Let’s approach these uncertain times with confidence, with a daily understanding of the goodness of God. In the dark times, it can seem as if God is unable, and there is great temptation to seek other means to bring about the order we feel there should be.

I am looking forward to that day when Jesus will establish His kingdom, according to His judgement, His love, and His truth. in the meantime, I rest in the One who created it all. All creation bows before the Lord, and waits in groaning anticipation of His return.

“Then Job answered the Lord and said: “Behold, I am vile; What shall I answer You? I lay my hand over my mouth. Once I have spoken, but I will not answer; Yes, twice, but I will proceed no further.””
‭‭Job‬ ‭40:3-5‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

In my momentary doubt, I am undone, like Job, when I consider the omnipotence of Most Holy God. I remain quiet, trusting in the One who saved my soul. I have seen what He can do, I know that all creation is His. The God who created the brilliance of the dawning day, created this flawed sinner, and as the sun rises in the east, bringing the morning, so the Son is rising in me bringing the dawning of a new man.

Let every part of us be in submission to the One who governs our very cells, and let us tremble, awestruck with the rest of creation.

“The waters saw You, O God; The waters saw You, they were afraid; The depths also trembled. The clouds poured out water; The skies sent out a sound; Your arrows also flashed about. The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind; The lightnings lit up the world; The earth trembled and shook. Your way was in the sea, Your path in the great waters, And Your footsteps were not known. You led Your people like a flock By the hand of Moses and Aaron.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭77:16-20‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Let us be confident in telling others about Jesus and the great salvation we have in Him. Let us go and tell of the Good News, that Jesus went tot cross to pay for our sins, that He was buried and rose again, that we have freedom and victory over sin and death.

Let us not be overwhelmed in the darkness of the night, but let us rest in Him.

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭46:10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Happy Friday!

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