There are moments in life when we think that God has left us or that God is no longer present. There have been moments in my life when I thought the same but the more that we grow in Christ, the more we realize that God never leaves our side. Televangelist Robert Schueller explains “God’s delays are not God’s denials.”
This is a terrific reminder that we must keep in mind. Life gets difficult and we lose sight of small important details like God never leaves our side. There is no denying that we will come up against moments in our life when we feel like we are alone to which CS Lewis explained: “The modern idea of a Great Man is one who stands at the lonely extremity of some single line of development.”
When I read this quote than I think about being alone and facing some type of challenge but this is our development. This is how we grow. God does not throw one to the wolves without being able to defend oneself. This is not sports and God does not throw one under the bus as it explained in sports terminology but when God puts His child into a tough situation, there is always a reason for it.
Before I go any further, there are people who actually everything that happens is either God’s doing or Satan’s way of destroying us and while both of them are actively at work, we have a bad habit of doing bad all by ourselves. This is not to confuse the Tyler Perry movie by the same exact name but it is our nature to be curious. Curiosity kills the cat and curiosity leads many humans astray. Again, this is just human nature which is why we must implement God’s nature-His spirit-in our lives.
1 Corinthians 2:14: “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” With God’s spirit, we are able to do what it is that God desires of us. We must not look at the world the way nonbelievers do because God has made us differently and even if people leave us up and dry, God never will: “And the LORD, he [it is] that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed” (Deuteronomy 31:8).
It is God that goes with us regardless of where we are or what part of our life we are in. For me personally, I remember several years back when I had no idea what I was doing with my life. Everything seemed to be the same and nothing was changing. If you ever thought Darwin’s theory of evolution was relevant than I would be the example of how irrelevant it actually is and while there were different people to up and leave including a few females, God never did leave. God was always there and He still is.
He even has a special word for us in situations like this: “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he [it is] that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee” (Deuteronomy 31:6). Do not forget what Hebrews 13:5 reads “[Let your] conversation [be] without covetousness; [and be] content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” What I have learned in my life is when we get down, look up for God is always there but when we are going through bad times, there is a plan.
God is making us stronger “when God pushes you to the edge of difficulty trust Him fully because two things can happen; either He will catch you when you fall, or He will teach you how to fly.” Along similar lines, Isaiah 41:10-13 explains: “Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.”
God wants us to call upon Him at all times regardless of what is going on. He wants to hear from you which is what 1 Peter 5:7 tells us: “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” CS Lewis explains that “God knows our situation; He will not judge us as if we had no difficulties to overcome. What matters is the sincerity and perseverance of our will to overcome them.” St Augustine explains “God is always trying to give good things to us, but our hands are too full to receive them.” We have to stop putting our hands where they do not belong as idle hands are tools of the devil but we must stay busy focused on what God desires: “He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour” (Proverbs 21:21).