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Immerse: Poets - Week 6

Sometimes, it’s easy to trust God. Over things we can control, over things in our own power we can fix with our own two hands, it is beyond simple to put our faith in God. If faith was as simple as that, I have a feeling many more of us would have greater longevity in our beliefs and personal devotion to God. But life isn’t always rainbows and butterflies, and far too often we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of situations beyond our power to save or to fix. In the midst of such circumstances, we can feel hopeless, powerless, emotionally beat up, angry, forgotten, unloved, and like God isn’t there (or worse, that He doesn’t care). And it is in the pool of these emotions we find ourselves immersed in Psalm 77.

This is a psalm full of great despair, but also of great hope. We see the psalmist become comforted as he prays and remembers and considers all the things God has done. Maybe recently you have been in the position to lose sleep, to be anxious, to doubt or question God’s motives, or to believe God has forgotten you. Today, take comfort in knowing this process is normal. Know even when we cry out to the Lord and seek him, sometimes we won’t be able to be comforted in the moment (verse 2), we may lose sleep over our troubles, and even that God might be the one to keep our eyes from closing (verse 4).

But also take caution the enemy is actively trying to keep you in a position of unbelief. It's good to be aware of the foothold Satan has on the world and its people, and to cry out to God against the suffering the enemy causes. And in the midst of my own suffering, or even in seeing others suffer; I have been comforted and reminded of one of my favorite passages from Revelation, in which the people of God, wearing their robes of white have been washed in the blood of the Lamb, are encouraged in their great suffering with this prophecy: “They are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes” (Rev. 7:15-17).

God exchanges hopelessness for faith in the future. Whether that faith is rooted in hope for our life on earth or our eternal life in heaven, our future is secure. Yes, there will be times when we don’t know what’s going to happen, but that doesn’t change the truth: God knows what’s going to happen! He hears you. He knows you. He loves you. He cares for you. But He has His own plan, to be carried out in His own time. And in times when we are made to be patient and wait for Him, all we need to do is hold on to hope and remember all He has done before, because He has the power to do it again.