God Said He Would Never Leave Us—or Forsake Us. Is That True?
When you’re in despair, you feel removed from God. How well we saw that in [esvignore]Psalm 42[/esvignore], for the psalmist is not speaking of a longing for communion with God; rather, this is a cry of desperation, for it is obvious that the psalmist feels separated from God. He looks back, remembering those days of joy and the intimacy they once shared . . . and now they seem gone. God “seems” gone.
Can you relate?
What is the answer to hopelessness? It is to hope in God, the God of all hope. The God who hears the cry of the desperate and who answers according to His mercy.
Remember, you are in warfare, and Satan wants to cuts you off from God so that he can sift you as wheat. Talk to God. You must keep your lines of communication open even as the psalmist does. Yes, he is in despair, but he does not intend to stay there. He’s going to be honest with God. This is so evident as he determines to settle the matter by asking God some hard questions.
Listen, “I will say to God my rock, ‘Why have You forgotten me?’ ” (Psalm 42:9).
As he lays his questions before God, his answers come. God has not forgotten him. Those who are asking where his God is will not triumph with their accusing question. The psalmist knows his God, His character, His power, and he realizes the fact that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He knows his God has not left him. His very presence is the psalmist’s help.
The God of the psalmist is your God also, Beloved, if you have in the obedience of faith received the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, when you are in despair, follow the psalmist’s example. And remember Hebrews 13:5-6: “. . . for He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,’ so that we confidently say, ‘The Lord is my Helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?’ ”
Why don’t you memorize it? I have always rejoiced that I learned this verse by memory as a new babe in Christ . . . how God has used it.
This blog post is excerpted from the out-of-print 30-day devotional “How to Stand Firm Against the Five Deadly D’s” by Kay Arthur.