I don't know why Bette Midler's Song, "God is Watching Us from a Distance"
is on her Christmas album.
Our four year old granddaughter was at our house when that song played somewhere in between Bette's rendition of "Mele Kalikimaka" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas".
I was concerned about the message it was communicating to our granddaughter's little heart.
I asked her what she thought about about the song, and then I told her what God's Word says.
"..God is near to us whenever we call on Him." (Deuteronomy 4:7)
I wanted to reassure her of God's nearness.
Of course, in Psalm 38 David is expressing his gut-wrenching feelings to God.
His outward circumstances and his inward sin and guilt were overwhelming him.
David felt like God was faraway while he was drowning in his mess.
I've certainly felt that way before and I'm pretty sure you have, too.
However, whether we are talking about David or us,
the fact is that the truth and our feelings can be miles apart.
When David cried out, "Come quickly to help me, O Lord my Savior!",
like any good Father, God came running.
Does that mean his circumstances instantly changed?
God's nearness is our guarantee even when circumstances get worse instead of better.
The enemy loves to use our adversity to lie to us.
"God has abandoned you. God doesn't care about you or what you are going through", he whispers.
That's when you need some truth arrows to shoot right back at him.
Here are some of my favorites.
Deuteronomy 31:7-8 says that God will not fail me or let me go or forsake me
Isaiah 41:9-10 says that I don't have to be afraid for God is with me
Isaiah 46:3-4 says that God will carry me even when my hair is white with age
1 John 5:8 tells me of Jesus' careful watch over me
Hebrews 13:5 promises that God will never leave or forsake me or relax His hold on me
If I could answer the question with certainty about why bad things happen to God's children,
I'd be on the best seller list.
What I can do is rely on what I do know~
God doesn't waste my pain and suffering,
whatever I go through in this life is just momentary compared to the glory of eternity,
and God is near to me, no matter what I am going through,
no matter what I feel.
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