Disconnected (Psalm 10:1)
Psalm 10:1, Why standest thou afar off, O Lord? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?
Lord, why do you stand so far away? Lord, Why do you hide in times of trouble? These are questions that harassed and hurting believers have asked through the ages. This prayer is a cry to understand why God delays His justice (Revelation 6:9-10) and allows wicked people to succeed. Our present age seems to be filled with injustice and all sorts of evil, and God often seems to “stand far off,” letting the ungodly go their own way without being punished. While God’s people should continue to pray that He will stop evil and suffering, they can rest assured that a day of justice and judgment is coming. Until then, the Lord will lift up those who trust Him (Psalm 10:17-18). While the context of this verse is speaking of what appears to be a delay in judging injustice. I want to take a moment and consider what life is like when it seems the Lord is distant.
We have been without internet service since last evening. Perhaps you have visited our website and have noticed until now that we had not posted a devotion. While this was frustrating for me, it was also out of my control. The more I thought about it, I began thinking of others who were (disconnected) without their internet service. Many people that depend on the internet for business, communication, social interaction, and etc. Then it hit me, what it must be like to feel disconnected for the LORD?
Have you ever had a time when it seemed that you were disconnected from God? Maybe you prayed, but it seemed God wasn’t listening. Like David, Sometimes people feel disconnected from God (Psalm 10:1). There are times in our lives when we have a distant or disconnected feeling from God, like we’ve lost our passion for our pursuit of Him. This is a very miserable feeling. In fact, sociologists report, if the power grids were to fail to produce energy to power our homes resulting in no internet service. That within three days the impact would be felt mostly amongst the millennials of our generation. It causes me to ask myself. How long could I bear to be disconnected from communication to the Lord.
The truth is, God has never left us. Omnipresence means present everywhere at the same time, at all times. He has been that way for all eternity. He isn’t contained by this universe (His creation). Yet, He permeates every inch of it. That means He’s there in your bedroom, in your car, at your work, with you on vacation, and with you in times of joy and in times of immense pain and heartache. Whether you are in tune with His constant presence or not, God is right there…always. How would your life change if you lived your belief that God is holy, omniscient, and that He loved you, and that unrepentant sin is what separates you from Him? God is very active in our lives. In the end when we feel isolated and alone, it is not because God is gone, but because we do not see Him working.
We sometimes feel as if God has pulled away from us, but in actuality, we have held onto things in our lives that have created that space between us and God, blocking our intimacy with Him. This can come in many forms including people, busyness, disappointment with God, career, or social media. It can come from anything that diverts your attention or drains your energy away from God. When we sin, it creates feelings of guilt, and this guilt destroys our desire for intimacy with God, creating a gap between us and Him. With a habitual, sin we are constantly reliving this cycle of sin, guilt, and repentance that wears on us and makes the space between us and God larger and larger. By admitting our struggle and working to remove a habitual sin from our lives, we close that gap and progress towards reestablishing our walk with God.
We are very grateful that we can publish these daily devotions on our website. We praise the LORD that we have an opportunity to reach the world with the Gospel. We want to thank you for your prayers and encouragement in this ministry.
PRAYER: Lord, I want to thank You for Your ever presence in my life. I want to be more connected with you. Lead the way. Put in my mind and heart or the circumstances of my life today what You want me to do. I know You long to speak to me and I desire to hear from You. Teach me that I might have a deeper connection with You, that the Holy Spirit may transform my life that I may perform Your will for my life. In Jesus name Amen.
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Dr. Blackman is passionate about helping others grow in the grace of the Lord. His devotions are centered on how to grow closer to the Lord through a personal relationship.