In our world that seems to be spinning out of control with war and hatred leading off the evening news, what was wrong is now right, down is now up, that which was not acceptable yesterday is now today’s new “In thing”!
To find confidence in something that is real and lasting in the world today appears often times to be a difficult task. King David found himself in a difficult situation early in his reign as king of Israel.
The author of so many psalms that many of us have come to know and love, writes in Psalm 22 that he feels as if he is being “poured out like a drink offering,” and that his “heart has turned to wax!.
He goes on to tell God that he feels that there is no one near enough to help, so much so that David cries out in anguish in verse 1, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” David’s enemies has him surrounded, and he felt alone an abandoned. The only thing that was going to save him from certain destruction was a miracle.
Have you ever felt that way that life seems so bleak at times that there is no hope, no way out, no one to come to your rescue?
I have come to believe through my own trials that often one must go through the “valleys” in order to appreciate the mountain top! You see, I believe that David had to go through the trials of Psalm 22 in order to write with confidence Psalm 23. It was through David’s darkest times that God rescued him, and in return David was able to write the beautiful words of trust, faith, and confidence in God found the words of Psalm 23.
My friends, if you are in a place where you feel like you are being “poured out like a drink offering,” discover the confidence that David discovered in the certainty that our God “will never leave us nor forsake us,” in times of struggle.
Take time to pause and reflect with confidence the comforting words of Psalm23, and may the Good Shepherd bless and keep you always!
But, what about the “accept all” crowd, don’t they have a good argument?
Can’t I just live and let live?
Why can’t I just have it my way and you yours?
Can’t we all just co-exist?
Isn’t it socially unacceptable to claim to be the only way?
Mankind has long searched to find ways to push God out of our lives, needs, and future.
The popular deception today is to just not talk about it. But, that too, is a decision to deny that He is in fact God.
Tom was just about to step out the door of the airplane, his first skydive. Does he believe in gravity? Does it matter if he believes or not?
In a moment it will be reality for him.
Our society is attempting to argue that absolutes do not exist, but they do. They are not open to debate by our society to see if they are popular. They just are, period. Either God is or He is not. To say God can be different things to different people is to limit Him to an idea. You are not talking about God, but a concept. When we talk about God, he is either real to all, or not.
Just as the person who is about to skydive for the first time, we all will take the step into eternity when we die. We cannot ignore it. God is more real than gravity. He made it! Don’t make the mistake to argue about a concept, and never really consider God. He made you, He loves you, and He will always be there for you.
There are many struggles, questions, and mistakes in this life. God did not fail us, we just live in an imperfect world. A world of people who refuse to accept Him.
GOD IS REAL. He is and will always be God to all and for all.
Yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.