“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” ~ Isaiah 40:7
I know God’s promises. I treasure His word. I study to understand His nature, His character, who God is. Yet (warning: shocking sinful thought being confessed) I feel sometimes like He just doesn’t care about what is happening in my life. Like He isn’t listening. I even blurted out last night in a moment of complete despair: “I feel like God hates me.” Now, I know this isn’t true. God loves me. He loves all of us. There are dozens and dozens of places in the Bible where I am assured of this truth. And deep inside, I know it. But I wasn’t feeling loved at that moment.
Be careful of what your feelings tell you. They are deceptive. Up and down. Unreliable. Temporary. Based upon the moment. “But the word of our God stands forever”.
Feeling unloved, down, forgotten? Look to God. Look to His words for the strength to keep on keeping on. Cast aside your feelings and cling to the Rock of His Truth.
“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, and marked off the heavens by the span, and calculated the dust of the earth by the measure, and weighed the mountains in a balance, and the hills in a pair of scales?… Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales; behold, He lifts up the islands like fine dust… Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, the One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power not one of them is missing.” ~ Isaiah 40:12, 15, 26
The One who created the stars and knows their number and their fate, the One who knows how many drops of water and how many specks of dust this earth contains, is the One to whom we cry for help in our times of need. How can He possibly hear my childish pleas? Israel wondered this, also.
“Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel, ‘My way is hidden from the LORD, and the justice due me escapes the notice of my God’? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” ~ Isaiah 40:27-31
“The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired.” He does not grow weary of taking care of all Creation. Of hearing my little cries for help. Of forgiving my sinful “poor me” thoughts and moments. Of giving me the strength to keep on keeping on.
It was perfect timing, God’s timing, that I read this chapter this morning. I had actually been praying Isaiah 40:31 yesterday, and although my wings feel a bit clipped and my running and walking feel slow and somewhat unsteady, I know that as I wait for the LORD, He will help me. And I know that no matter how I may feel, God loves me. And He loves you. Always and forever.