Devotion 8.11.17

And I said, “This is my fate;
the Most High has turned his hand against me.”
But then I recall all you have done, O LORD;
I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago.
They are constantly in my thoughts.
I cannot stop thinking about your mighty works.
(Psalm 77:10–12).

Psalm 77 starts with Asaph crying out to the Lord. He feels alone, abandoned, as if God were not listening. it is a cry of despair. Have you been there? I have.

The turning point came in the verses above. Asaph looks back at God’s track record. He is encouraged by God’s faithfulness in the past. It gives him the confidence he needs to continue to trust and worship the Lord in the present.

Just because we do not feel God’s presence, doesn’t mean His presence in gone. We may feel abandoned but we are not. It may feel like God is doing nothing, but, based on our past experience with God, we know that God is at work we simply don’t see it yet.

You may be in the darkness right now. It may seem that you are lost and all alone. But even in the darkness there is one who walks with you. He sees where you are and has your destination clear in mind. Rather than despair, trust His track record, his character, his love.