Sometimes I hear lies that God doesn’t care about me. That I am all on my own in this whole “life” thing. I’ve gone through so many seasons where I have battled with depression, and Satan takes the opportunity to plant more lies in my head. To tell me that I am unloved, that people just tolerate me, that no one is there for me, least of all God. It is hard to express in words the magnitude of the pain I have experienced. I’d lock myself away from the world, shut everyone out, and just soak in my feelings of rejection and loneliness. I wouldn’t want to talk to God, my family, or even my friends. Every time that I would try to turn my back on everything I believed in, God was always right there by my side, even if I didn’t feel like He was.
I love the passage from Isaiah 40:28-31, and reading it in the message version (my favorite version) makes it so much more powerful (simply because it is an easy to understand version of the Bible). It is like a knock back to the reality of knowing the true character of God, not the lies that Satan feeds us. Here are the main points from this scripture:
- God doesn’t come and go. God lasts.
- He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine.
- He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath.
And He knows everything, inside and out.
- He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts.
- For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall.
- But those who wait upon God get fresh strength, they spread their wings and soar like eagles
- They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.
God is not just some deity sitting on some sort of cloud throne. He is our heavenly Father. He does not forget us. He created us. He adores us, loves us, and cherishes us. He laughs when we laugh, He cries when we cry. He knows our every thought and desire. He is our number one fan. He is not against us, He is for us. Most importantly, He loved me and you so much that He gave His only Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He saved us from the death we deserve. How could I, or anybody for that matter, think that someone who goes through all that trouble to make sure that we will spend eternity with Him, doesn’t love us? That’s absolutely crazy! When I am at my weakest, He is patient with me. I mess up, oh gosh I mess up so much, and I make so many of the same mistakes, yet He still loves and forgives me. That is the ultimate form of love. Even when I try to live life my way, He sticks around, and lovingly reminds me why His plans are the best plans, even though I don’t always see it. God will not forsake you. We forsake Him, and the times when I have turned my back on God have been the lowest points in my life. Yet time and time again, He welcomes me into His waiting arms. He’s waiting for you too. What are you waiting for?