Ever had a day, week, or maybe a whole year where you want to ask God the same question Gideon did? “If the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us?” (Judges 6:13) If the Lord is with me, why is this happening? There are times when what happens to us makes us doubt His love, but our circumstances are not an indicator of His love. Even in the worst, God is looking out for our best.
Judges 6:13 New International Version
“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the LORD has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”
Since 2014, I have been on a mission to grasp how much He loves me. Circumstances told me He wasn’t on my side. Pain declared He didn’t have me on His heart when He allowed betrayal to enter my life. I got to the point of thinking because others had rejected me maybe He had too. The only problem with those thoughts is as I read God’s Word I saw a different picture. Dozens of snapshots of His love for me.
Are you feeling like He left? Maybe He doesn’t care like you thought He did? Are you wondering why He saw fit to allow pain into your life? This might be the time to search out how He loves you regardless of what you have been through. Here are ten verses that have helped me get through the hard times when I felt He was against me.
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. (Exodus 14:14) What a comfort to know we don’t have to always fight our battles. He is there fighting for us. I don’t have to defend myself…He will do that for me.
Exodus 14:14 New International Version (NIV)
14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
But God does not take away life; instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him. (II Samuel 14:14) I recently came across this verse, and it jumped out at me! What love that He comes up with ways to bring us back to Him even when we fail. Have you done something you feel that God will never forgive? He really is all about bringing us back to Him no matter what we have done or where we have been.
2 Samuel 14:14 New International Version (NIV)
14 Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But that is not what God desires; rather, he devises ways so that a banished person does not remain banished from him.
He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. (II Samuel 22:20) One year ago, God brought me to a spacious place. It was one of the most painful events I have been through in life, but through the heartache, I realized He delights in me. He delights in you also even when taking you to “a spacious place” is painful.
2 Samuel 22:20 New International Version (NIV)
20 He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.
Genesis 50:19 New International Version (NIV)
19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God?
But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless. (Psalm 10:14) Never think for a moment that God doesn’t see your grief. He loves you too much to overlook it.
Psalm 10:14 New International Version (NIV)
14 But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.
Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders. (Deuteronomy 33:1) I love this picture of God carrying us. We can rest secure in His love even when life is shaking.
Deuteronomy 33:1 New International Version (NIV)
Moses Blesses the Tribes 33 This is the blessing that Moses the man of God pronounced on the Israelites before his death.
Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him! (Isaiah 30:18) He looks for opportunities to be gracious to you. I have started to take note when I see His love in my life. It may be a kind word from a stranger, a debt forgiven, or extra time in my day. He is constantly looking for ways to bless us.
Isaiah 30:18 New International Version (NIV)
18 Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!
You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great. (Psalm 18:35) A God that stoops down to make us great? It is exactly what Jesus did for us. He humbled Himself by dying on a cross because of His love for us. I think many times we forget the magnitude of His sacrifice for us.
Psalm 18:35 New International Version (NIV)
35 You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me; your help has made me great.
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge. (Ephesians 3:17-19) God’s love is wide, long, high, and deep! Oh, that we would grasp how much He loves us. Our anxieties and hurts would melt away if we truly understood His love.
Ephesians 3:17-19 New International Version (NIV)
17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Though she a (mother) may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. (Isaiah 49:15-16) Moms LOVE their kids. God loves like that. He will go to great lengths to show you His love, even engraving you (I am thinking nails did the engraving!) on his hands.
It is my prayer you will be able to grasp the depth of His love no matter your circumstances!!
Isaiah 49:15-16 New International Version (NIV)
15 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! 16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.
May 4, 2018, Kelleigh Wooderson