When We Think God Has Abandoned Us

Do you ever feel like God isn’t listening to you? Do you ever feel that God has forgotten you? If you have, you aren’t alone. Lots of people have felt that way. Even the Psalmist felt that way.
In Psalm seventy-seven, the Psalmist is pouring out his heart to God. He begins by saying, “And I said, “This is my fate; the Most High has turned his hand against me” (Psalms 77:1). Think about that verse… the Psalmist felt God had turned his hand against him. But why?
The Psalmist continues by saying, “When I was in deep trouble, I searched for the Lord. All night long I prayed, with hands lifted toward heaven, but my soul was not comforted. I think of God, and I moan, overwhelmed with longing for his help..” I love his honesty. He says, “I was in deep trouble… I searched for God.. but couldn’t find Him.
I’ve been there and I imagine you have. The Psalmist is really struggling. He is doubting God. UNTIL…
In verse thirteen, things begin to turn… the Psalmist says, “But then I recall all you have done, O Lord… I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago.” The Psalmist was really, really down… really struggling. He thought God had forgotten him. Until… “he recalled all the things God had done.”
Maybe we need to make a list today. Maybe we need to write down what God has done for us and pull that list out when we begin to doubt.
I don’t know what you are facing… don’t know what’s going in your life. Maybe you are having a crisis of faith. Maybe you have begun to doubt God.
I understand… because I’ve been there. Don’t throw tomatoes at me… I’m being honest…. In the last eighteen months, there have been a few times when I wondered if God has forgotten me. I know he hasn’t but, Satan can play tricks in your mind.
But when I’m in those positions, I remember that God has provided in the past. Somehow, someway… there always seems to be a ram at the altar (Gen. 22).
So today, if you are struggling… you think God has forgotten you… (he hasn’t)… you think no one cares… (God does and people do), remember what God has done in the past. He will take care of us.

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