As I write this letter we have been struggling with a signal issue on one of our television sets. We have tried unplugging it from the box and then plugging it back it. So far, there still is no signal. It occurs to me that as Christians we sometimes feel like our signal, our connection with God is broken. That’s especially true at moments of crisis in our lives. Perhaps it is a health issue with ourselves or a loved one. We pray and pray and nothing seems to happen. Our signal is broken and we cannot connect.
In reality, we have all experienced that in our personal or family lives. Sometimes we may even feel like God is not listening or that he hears but just doesn’t care. Neither of those is true.
The very first verse of Psalm 22 the Psalmist writes, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Be truthful now. You and I have both experienced that feeling. He goes on to say, “Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help”
The good news is that God does care for us even when we are discouraged. Don’t you think Jesus must have even feared when he spent those 40 days in the wilderness? We all find ourselves in a wilderness once in a while. What must have been going through his mind while he hung on the cross? God’s promise to you is that He will never abandon or forsake you. He will be with you always even to the ends of the age. “Draw near to me and I will draw near to you. It’s about being plugged into God who is our defender and protector.
God is a little like a failed signal connection on a television. You have to be plugged in. Even when friends or family abandon you, God is very near in times of trouble. Just know that He does care for you.