2 Chronicles 16:9 (NIV): For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.
Psalm 28:7 (NIV): The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.
Are you struggling to sense the Lord’s presence in your life? Do you sometimes feel that God is so far away and out of touch with the pain and struggles you are going through? If you do, then I want you to be encouraged by the two verses of scripture above. God is much closer than we often think or realize. Our creator God did not just create this world and all that is in it and then decide to disconnect from it. God is still involved in every minute detail of our lives and He is nearby to strengthen and encourage those “whose hearts are fully committed to him.”
I must admit that during this past week, I experienced moments in which I felt like God was so far away. The world that we live in takes great delight in causing us to turn our attention and our focus away from God. Instead of turning to God and pouring out our hearts, our fears, our worries, and our doubts to Him, we attempt to try and solve our problems on our own. Because we fail to sense God’s presence we try to “help” God. We take matters into our own hands and, speaking from experience, we usually end up making things worse. If we could only learn to trust in God and in His perfect plan for our lives…..oh how much better off we would be!
If you are feeling hopeless or helpless, remember and reread the passage from 2 Chronicles 16:9: For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. If you are feeling drained of your own strength, remember that God is close by and will strengthen you if you will just turn to Him and trust Him and ask for help. Pray to God and pour out your fears and anxieties before Him and He will give you the strength to persevere and overcome. What we are unable to accomplish on our own strength, God can and will help us, through His might power and strength. As King David writes, “The LORD is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1). Trust in the LORD and in His strength.