Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Never Left Alone

I had just finished reading the daily devotional I get in my email everyday when the rain started. I listened to the rain as it spattered on the roof, the sound was almost rhythmical, and it was therapeutic too. I was rejuvenated from within and although I said no word to anyone inside me was a church. I was trying hard to contain myself. It was one of those times of self realisation.

The excitement one feels when a verse or chapter one has read many times over bears a new meaning. It was like a scale dropped off my eyes and a heavy log rolled off my chest. I couldn’t see the shadows anymore, I was more conscious of the light that cast the shadows.


 

We all go through things in our lives that make us question the fairness of God. Many times we hear people ask why bad things happen to good people. There is this man of God from my childhood that I respected a lot; I saw him as very upright and just in his ways. He inspired me a lot with his zeal for Christ. I was told he has been suffering from liver problem for a while.

He was said to be in a lot of pain and I wondered why God would allow him go through that. I haven’t seen him since the illness started but I suppose he would still make a joke out of it. My dad told me he was the one calming him and the others that went to see him down.

I don’t blame them, they couldn’t see past his situation.  They probably wondered why God ‘left him alone’ to suffer but that is not his end.
Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed for his compassion never fails.               Lamentations 3:22

This verse is my verse of the season. I am grateful to know I am never going to be left alone. We are never left alone. He sees and He would see us through.

I heard a sermon once about God’s goodness and I was touched to hear the comparison with my earthly parents and I know that as deeply as they love me, the love of God is in no way comparable. It is true we would go through hard times but we are certain we will be okay. The recognition of the depth of God’s love for us gives us the ability to look past our situations and be calm.

Daniel and his friends in the bible were thrown in a very hot furnace. That must have been really tough. Those watching would have thought it would be their end but God is not one who deserts His own. He brought them out of the fire unscarred.

It is hard to tell people facing adversities that it is well when things don’t look well but really, it is well.
In the words of the author of the devotional I read, ‘it is not ok but I am ok’.
Whatever your situation might be, always remember that God’s compassion never fails. He knows what you are going through and He is there with you.

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