Good morning, DearHeart.
Have you ever felt like you’re just surviving? Just barely making it through?
I’ve felt that way many times. And, I have wondered: When I’m just surviving, is God still paying attention to me? If I don’t feel much of anything and get discouraged does God get angry?
Do you wonder if your Maker is rolling His Holy eyes in disgust until you pull yourself together again?
That’s the treatment I used to feel like I deserved from God. And every time I have struggled with discouragement or just being down, I have known that those feelings weren’t God’s plan for me. But there have been times when I haven’t had the courage to fight anymore. Or, even just put one foot in front of the other.
It was during one of those dark hours that the Lord spoke this Scripture to me:
“Who among you fears the Lord? Who obeys the voice of His Servant? Who walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely upon his God” (Isaiah 50:10).
This is a beautiful verse.
-God is acknowledging that you respect Him.
-He is acknowledging that you hear His voice.
-and, He has noticed that you are in a dark place.
“Walking in darkness and having no light” could mean any number of things to you:
-Maybe you are in a place of transition, and not sure what direction to take.
-Maybe you’re tired. Discouraged.
-Maybe you don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel.
If any of these hit home, then God is speaking to you.
He has more to say, though:
“Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely upon his God.”
God knows where you are when you’re just surviving. But His Word to you is this:
Trust in My Name.
I Am Jehovah Rohi, your Shepherd.
I Am Jehovah Jireh, your Provider.
And, just because I Am–because I still exist and have not changed, I will come through for you.
Rely upon Me.
I will never fail you or let you down.“
God will be faithful to you.
Charles Spurgeon, said in his sermon “When a Preacher is Downcast”:
‘Fits of depression come over the most of us. … The strong are not always vigorous, the wise not always ready, the brave not always courageous, and the joyous not always happy.’
I love that; don’t you?
Should we be happy? Yes; and God will continue to grow you in happiness and joy as you walk with Him. But, if you’re not happy right now, He still knows you by name. He know where you are. He has not cast you aside. He is mindful of you. And, He wants you to know He will come through for you. You are being prepped for His next place for you.
Tell God about your dark place.
Trust Him to answer.