God is still with us

Psalm 34:18 is a special promise for the depressed:
“The LORD is close to the broken-hearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Now this doesn’t mean that we necessarily feel that the Lord is close; it means that He is close, whether we’re aware of His presence or not.

I am including the short piece entitled ‘Footprints’, simply because so many people (including me) have found that it helps to make sense of the feeling that God has abandoned me:
One night I dreamed that I was walking along a beach with Jesus beside me. Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. When I looked back, I saw our footprints in the sand: sometimes two sets, sometimes only one. What bothered me was that it was during the lowest and saddest times of my life that I could see only one set of footprints.
So I said to Him, ‘Lord, you promised me that if I followed You, You would always be with me. But during the hardest times of my life there was only one set of footprints in the sand. Why weren’t you there for me when I needed You most?’
He replied, ‘My child, I love you and will never leave you. Those times when you see only one set of footprints in the sand… those were the times when I carried you.’

As we know, there are no easy answers. Sometimes, like Heman the Ezrahite, all we can do is hang on in there. The very fact that we are still here in church despite it all, still expecting God to do something for us, and disappointed when He doesn’t, is the evidence that our faith has not failed and that He is sustaining us. We are the ones who really know the meaning of faith:
“Let the one who walks in the dark,
who has no light,
trust in the name of the LORD
and rely on their God.”
(Isaiah 50:10)

And we have hope, because of God’s promises:
“Those who sow with tears
will reap with songs of joy.” (Psalm 126:5)
because God “will wipe every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 21:4)

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