So many thoughts weighing heavily this morning. I see such suffering, longing, discontent in the world, in so many individual lives, and I remember when I, too, floundered in discontent, confusion, anger, even despair. Looking back I recognize how truth was always there, was always constant, unchanging, unmovable and pure. If only I had sought to find all of my solace in God and in His Word, I would have been saved much misery. I look now with deep sorrow at those who walk in darkness, refusing light, who do not open God’s Word to find the answers, do not open their hearts to The One who loves their souls and is the only balm, the only healing, for their affliction and pain.
People turn to alcohol, I see it everyday. They turn to other people, they blame their own hurts on others without ever taking that most needful of all looks into the mirror to find the only person who can make the change necessary for despair to be driven away and hope found as the eternal anchor that will surely hold. How deceived, how foolish are our ways! The old country song says it well, “looking for love in all the wrong places.” Isn’t it true of so many; hasn’t it been true for most?
Though scripture is filled with many deep and hidden things of God, it also gives us simple truth that even the very young can hear and understand. God is love…God commanded us to love…God is righteous and kind…God will never leave us or forsake us…God is all-wise, gracious, and good.
The most painful struggle that I now face is watching those I love being caught in the mire and bondage that does not have to be. I love the scripture that tells us the truth will set us free and those who are made free by The Spirit are free indeed. God’s work is perfect. His ways are right. HIs love never fails, and those who are hidden in Him are also kept by the power of His might; none can pluck us from His Hand! What good news! What relief from despair when we know we are not bound by something from which we cannot be freed, yet so many live as if they are; as if there is no hope, no answer, no freedom to be found…
Beginning again…I cherish these words, “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23). It is required that we begin again every single day. Regardless of our heartaches, our losses, our burdens, sorrows or distress, we have mercy to greet us each new day; we have God’s unfailing love to nurture us, His Word to instruct us, the gift of prayer for approaching Him with all that is our’s to carry. He is the Good Shepherd that leads and guides. He knows our limitations and He lovingly covers us with HIs provision.
Instead of focusing on all that weighs us down, we can lift our eyes to the hills from whence our help comes! Our help comes from the Lord, Maker of heaven and earth! What wondrous love, what marvelous grace, what abundance of blessings we have, if only we open our eyes to see…open our hearts to receive…walk in thanksgiving and love…then, there will be peace in our hearts, in our homes, in our land.
The challenge for us is as it has been to all people since the beginning of time. We are challenged to see truth for what it is and to honor it with our whole hearts. This we do only in daily surrender and humility for to do this we recognize our limitations and the greatness of God who is sovereign over all. We do it with overwhelming gratitude for an unfathomable love and grace that amazes and sustains us from sun to sun.