“I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?
They turned their backs to me and not their faces; though I taught them again and again, they would not listen or respond to discipline.”
Jer. 32:27, 33 NIVUK
Instead of telling God how big our problems are we should be telling our problems how big our God is.
The crazier things get in our world the more it seems that people are drifting away from God. I thought that the meanness and inhumanity evidenced in the White House would draw people into God’s house but it seems like the opposite; people are hiding out in their own house.
Solomon asked God to remember his people when times got hard. He asked God to hear their prayer when they came back to his house:
“When there is famine in the land, pestilence or blight or mildew, locusts or grasshoppers; when their enemy besieges them in the land of their cities; whatever plague or whatever sickness there is; whatever prayer, whatever supplication is made by anyone, or by all Your people Israel, when each one knows the plague of his own heart, and spreads out his hands toward this temple: then hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and act, and give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know (for You alone know the hearts of all the sons of men),
1 Kings 8:37-39
- There is nothing too hard for God. When hard times come we have to remember that God has all power over any and every circumstance. We just have to have faith that he can handle anything that comes our way.
- God needs to see our faces not our backs. When times get hard we have a tendency to turn away from God out of anger or lack of faith. When times get hard we should use our faith not lose our faith. We should seek God’s face and not just his hand. God wants to see us in good times and in bad.
- We need to listen and be disciplined in what God is telling us. When times get hard we look for shortcuts or abandon our spiritual disciplines of prayer, worship, giving, study, and serving. Our spiritual disciplines are what get us through tough times. When the going gets tough, the tough get going by listening to God’s word and practicing our spiritual disciplines.
I’m turning back to you because I need a turnaround in my life and in my country. Times are hard but there’s nothing too hard for you! God strengthen our faith and give us the courage to press through without giving up. Encourage your people to come back to church and not turn their back on you. God I will never give up on you because you never gave up on us!
In Jesus’ Name,