Refusing To Be Comforted

If you think you are the only one who feels down and helpless sometimes, listen to what the psalmist says in Psalm 77: 1-4 and verses 8-9.

1 “I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, that he may hear me.

2 In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying; my soul refuses to be comforted.

3 I think of God, and I moan, I meditate, and my spirit faints. Selah

4 You keep my eyelids from closing; I am so troubled that I cannot speak.

8 Has his steadfast love ceased forever? Are his promises at an end for all time?

9 Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he in anger shut up his compassion?” (NRSV).

Sometimes, we wonder why we have to endure such hardships. We can’t understand why our troubles keep piling up with no end in sight! With the psalmist, we cry out loudly to God, thinking greater intensity and volume may make a difference. At night, as we think about the day, when we should be stretching out to relax our bodies for sleep, we tense our muscles and stretch out to God out of anxiety, fear, and anguish. 

Our souls are most at rest when our lives are stable. We are comfortable when we feel secure and in control. So, it’s no wonder that when life deals brutal blows, we find it difficult or even impossible to feel the comfort we once had. The more brutal, the more difficult it is for us to believe God’s love endures, that His promises are true, and that God’s grace and compassion still abound.

When life’s brutality hits us, it takes a lot of faith to continue to reach out to God. It’s easy to go to church and lift up our hands during the good times but when troubles come, we are tempted to give into depression and hopelessness. 

There is always hope. For a season our souls may refuse to be comforted but God’s presence will continue. We may feel unloved sometimes, but God’s steadfast love endures forever (Ps.136) and his promises are true. God has not forgotten us. God’s grace and compassion are neverending. Don’t give up hope! Comfort will return in time.

Receive that promise!

Pastor Don

More Than We Can Handle

Romans 8:28

“28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. “(NRSV)

In Adam Hamilton’s Half Truths, Rev. Hamilton pointed out one that is commonly believed, “God won’t give us more than we can handle.” While I don’t believe God brings evil into our lives, I do believe life does. When terrible things happen, we look for someone and something to blame. The truth is, terrible things happen because we live in an imperfect world.

Satan is loose and sometimes life sucks. It is in the suckiest moments of life that it helps to remember Romans 8:28’s promise. All things working together for good necessitates a loving relationship with God and being “called according to his purpose.” When we love God more than ourselves, our perspective changes from inward to outward. When we realize we are all called to a higher purpose, we stop making excuses and start creating opportunities for success.

May God help us choose love, stop making excuses and trust God to work all things “together for the good.”