I meditate on all your works
and consider what your hands have done.
I spread out my hands to you;
I thirst for you like a parched land. Psalm 143:5-6 NIV
Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save,
nor his ear too dull to hear.
But your iniquities have separated
you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you,
so that he will not hear. Isaiah 59:1-2 NIV
Sometimes we struggle to get it right in life.
The Prophet Isaiah said the same when he’d returned from time spent hearing God. Either knowingly or unknowingly, we do things that frustrate and anger our Creator.
Things like doubting his greatness or power.
Things like refusing to worship.
Things like being greedy, proud, or selfish.
Things like refusing to go where he tells us to go, or do what he tells us to do.
Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, but…
But…our iniquities, our sins, our refusals and our delays build a wall between us and God. Either willfully, or as a result of us not taking pains to maintain our closeness with God, that wall gets taller and taller every day. With each new brick laid we find God further and further from us. What do we do in times like these?
The Psalmist gives us some suggestions:
Meditate on all God’s works. Provisions he’s made for you.
Consider what His hands have done. Blessings that have come your way.
Remember when God reached out to you in the past. You and He have a history.
Think on His consuming passion for YOU; He loves you!
If you’re having a hard time finding the good in your faith after doing these things—for surely, hard times make it harder to see God’s goodness—then reach out to someone you respect for their faith journey and ask for his or her counsel. Don’t be afraid to do this, for God has put it in the hearts of those close to him to be a help mate to others along the paths of faith. If they love Jesus, they won’t ridicule you for your feelings, and they won’t shame you for them either. They will listen, they will read Scripture with you, they will pray for and with you, and they won’t stop doing these things until you find relief and the closely that you had at the first moment of taking Jesus’ hand.
Today, remember God’s goodness to you. Open your heart to Him, and be renewed!
What do you think are the biggest obstacles to trusting God? What have you found helpful for moving closer to Him?