June 27, 2017

Where is God in all this? – and a LinkUp

Horrific unconstrained wildfire in Colorado. Land and homes ruined beyond repair. Scary decisions regarding healthcare. Uncertainty in our country’s future.

In light of the past week’s national headlines, you might be wondering where is God in all this?

He is still here. Still with us. Still guiding us. And yes, still protecting us. Things could be so much worse. There is so much evil in this world, sin is so prevalant – can’t you see the restraint of His Spirit in our country, even amidst the most unsettling of events? Man is so utterly depraved, evil could be so much more rampant than it is.

Psalm 145 gives us a great reminder for times like these [8-9]:

The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.

Even in the most turbulent of times, God is still good. Even in the most horrific circumstances, He is still merciful.

And His mercy is over all that He has made – all of creation, all of humanity. Yes, that means He is even merciful to wicked sinners who have rejected Him. That means He is being merciful even during such disasters as the Colorado fire.

We might not see it, because we look with imperfect eyes. We have a finite, limited view. We have finite knowledge and understanding. But His mercy is there, working through tragedy.

In light of that, how can we fear? How can we despair? [4-7]

One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works I will meditate.
They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness. They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness, and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

I have been trying to memorize this chapter lately, and these verses just seemed so fitting for all the discouraging news we face so constantly, both national news and very personal news. And in light of its truths, and admonitions, how can stay focused on life’s discouragements and man’s wickedness for very long? Because life is really all about God!

Take some time today to read through the whole chapter of Psalm 145. I guarantee you’ll be encouraged, your racing worried thoughts will be quieted, and your heart will be filled with praise to our great Creator!

And now it’s your turn to share! Link up a post about something encouraging you’ve read in God’s Word this week. Or just share a comment. Let’s encourage each other, and build each other up, with the Word of God.

{And feel free to copy & paste the “What Are You Learning?” button onto your own blog, so others can find us too!}

For those interested, I’m reading through YouVersion’s Blended Plan in 2012.
Join me if you want! Here’s the reading schedule for next week:

Sunday: Deuteronomy 16-18
Monday: Deuteronomy 19-21, Acts 5
Tuesday: Deuteronomy 22-24
Wednesday: Deuteronomy 25-27, Acts 6
Thursday: Deuteronomy 28-30
Friday: Deuteronomy 31, Acts 7
Saturday: Deuteronomy 32-34