The rain is pouring down on you. The wind is blowing the rain in sheets and it stings as it hits your cheeks. The lightening surrounds you and the thunder engulfs you. You are in a storm. Suddenly you find yourself questioning God. Suddenly you begin asking:
Are You there, God?
Do You care?
Why aren't You listening to my pleas?
Why is this happening to me?
Why am I so alone?
If You care so much, why did you allow this?
In your heart you know it's a spiritual battle. How do you combat these feelings? How do you gain victory over questioning God's favour, His kindness (mercy), His Word (promises), His graciousness, and His compassion (tender mercies)?
The psalmist, Asaph, questioned all these things in his storm, too, but he gained victory. How did he do it?
He Looked Back
Psalm 77:10, 11, 15 "And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High. I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.... Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah."
The same God who had done so many great things in the past for His people, Israel, had not changed. He rescued them. He delivered them, He showed compassion on them. Asaph rehearsed those works to help remind him who His God was.
When you are in the storm and begin to question God, take a look back at how good He has been to you in the past. Remind yourself of the wondrous things He has done for you. Rehearse them out loud and praise the Lord for His compassion and love for you.
He looked at the Present
Psalm 77:12 "I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings."
The Psalmist then reminded himself of the things that God was doing right then! Even though there was a storm, God was doing wondrous things right then! He took time to dwell on those things and then to speak those things out loud.
When you are going through a storm, remind yourself of the loving kindness and blessings God is showing you right then even in the storm. Vocalize it. Praise Him to others. Give thanks and testify of His goodness. There really are so many benefits that He gives daily that our list of thanks would be endless!
He looked to the Future
Psalm 77:13-14 "Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God? Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people."
Paths don't just stay in one place. They continue on to the future. The psalmist was focusing on God continuing being the same. He is the God that does wonders... yesterday, today, and in the future.
When you are in a storm, remind yourself that God doesn't change. Look to Him guiding you in His path in the future.
He Looked at the Storm from a Different Perspective
(To be continued)