August 1, 2016

When Your Heart and Mind Tell You God Has Left the Building

How many times have you asked yourself where God is and was in your trials, pain, wounds? It seems as if a sovereign, loving, good God would be ready and willing to answer such prayers. But instead it feels as if God has left the building. You are standing alone in the middle of a scary and often intimidating world, where your prayers go unanswered and the echo of emptiness is deafening to your soul. The daily drama is sucking life from your heart and you head hurts from trying to figure out how to get through another day – alone…

If any King’s life had drama, it was David’s. He was anointed the next King, called to the current King Saul’s side, played soothing music for him in his courts. David had to fight to become King, hounded by Saul until Saul’s death. Many of the Psalms of David speak to this period of running and fearing for His life. Then there was peace and marriages, sons and daughters. Adultery, cover-ups, confessions. Children hurt other children, sons rebelled, friends betrayed. David was on the run again. Then the Lord restored the kingdom back to him until He passed and his son Solomon became King.

So much chaos. So much brokenness. God’s call. God’s protection. God’s judgment. God’s forgiveness. God’s restoration. Many a time where David had his back against a wall from other people’s sinful choices against him – and sometimes consequences of his own. Yet this is how David sees himself and God after all that water has gone under the bridge of his life and his hairs are gray:

I will keep on hoping for Your help;
    I will praise You more and more.
I will tell everyone about Your righteousness.
    All day long I will proclaim Your saving power,
    though I am not skilled with words.

I will praise Your mighty deeds, O Sovereign Lord.
    I will tell everyone that You alone are just.

O God, You have taught me from my earliest childhood,
    and I constantly tell others about the wonderful things You do.
Now that I am old and gray,
    do not abandon me, O God.
Let me proclaim Your power to this new generation,
    Your mighty miracles to all who come after me.

Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the highest heavens.
    You have done such wonderful things.
    Who can compare with You, O God?
You have allowed me to suffer much hardship,
    but you will restore me to life again
    and lift me up from the depths of the earth.

You will restore me to even greater honor
    and comfort me once again.

– Psalm 71:14-21

Even though God had allowed David to experience much hardship, pain, and betrayal, David CHOSE to believe God was still righteous, sovereign, powerful, and just. He calls on the Lord to give him more opportunities to share this redeeming story of God’s majesty and goodness with the next generation, even now that he is old and gray.

“You God, have been faithful through the chaos, to be the God who I will put my hope in, so please do not abandon me yet – I have more to tell the next generation of how You are faithful to restore life and bring comfort.”              (my paraphrase)

Many times David could have chosen to look at the circumstances and allowed His feelings to run away to doubt, fear, distrust, bitterness – believing what He saw as God having left Him alone. David instead chose to believe God was who He had always been before – right there WITH him. Out of that unshakable belief, David cried to the Lord for rescue, peace, and restoration in the midst of the storm. He desperately wanted more and more opportunities to tell others of how the LORD had not left the building and had always has been right there with him – in the cave of darkest fear, the fire of battle against a powerful foe, in the times of peace in the center of the storm where He restored and brought comfort.

God’s words about David and the way he lived his life are this – “He was a man after My own heart.”

David’s life was chaos.

Your life is chaos.

David was under attack.

So are you.

David’s life was out of control on so many days.

So is yours.

David chose to seek God, to see Him as more than able to save and bring forth justice, restoration, and comfort to his situation. So can you. It begins with asking Him to show you – give you eyes to see, a heart to believe, courage to choose HIM instead of the lies of Satan telling you God has left the building.

What will you choose today?

Let me know below in the comments or email me at: I have so much to tell you about all He has done in MY life and help you discover about embracing His truths in YOUR storm, finding He has not left the building – He is there with hand open and heart ready to restore YOUR life as He has my own.