Like many of the psalmists we all have wrestled with the thought that God has forgotten us.
“If God cared He would do something.”
“Can’t you see what I am facing?”
“If something doesn’t happen, I’m going under.”
In Psalm 77, the writer asks:
“7Will the Lord reject forever? Will he never show his favor again? 8Has his unfailing love vanished forever? Has his promise failed for all time? 9Has God forgotten to be merciful? Has he in anger withheld his compassion?”
Many times throughout the book of Psalms the writers question God’s awareness of their distress or situation. It’s human nature, sinful nature, to consider that God is unconcerned about our present condition and future consequences.
God is never absent or far away, despite what we believe.
The writer goes on to recall the faithfulness of God in times past. This is helpful for followers of Christ because we too have a history with God. Because of this, a question can be raised that must be honestly answered: Based on the past, who is more forgetful, me or God?
The next time you forget that God never forgets remind yourself of the same truths that the psalmist recalled:
1. REMEMBER WHERE/WHAT GOD BROUGHT YOU FROM
In verse 10 the psalmist confronts his questioning by remembering the delivering power of God:
“Then I thought, “To this I will appeal: the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.”
I never want to forget how God has changed my life. Even though now after fourteen years of serving the Lord some of those things that held me captive in times past are very distant, I am determined to recall Gods deliverance from insecurities, addictions, and hopelessness.
Like the lyrics to a song reads:
“When I think about the Lord
How He saved, how He raised me
How He filled me with the Holy Ghost
How He healed me to the uttermost
When I think about the Lord
How he picked me up
Turned me around
How He set my feet on solid ground”
Being reminded of God’s love inspires gratitude and praise which is key to pressing through a trying time or personal conflict.
2. REMEMBER WHAT GOD HAS DONE
Next, the writer begins to recall all of the great works and miracle the Lord has done throughout His life:
“I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. 12I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”
It is encouraging to know that God doesn’t change. This means we can take comfort in knowing that if God did great wonders on our behalf in the past he will still do great things on our behalf in the present. He even knows our future!
Tough times will inevitably come to our life; it’s a fact of life even as Christians, maybe more accurately, especially because of faith. In the midst of these times we have a choice: Forget the faithfulness of God or remember that He never forgets us.
He is here for you.
What trials has God delivered you from?
Seasons change and so does life. Whatever the circumstance, we can be sure that it will change one way or the other. Wherever we may be will not always be where we are.
Right now may be or difficult or maybe incredible. Either way it is important to understand how to successfully make it through each season that we find ourselves in.
A. HOW TO LIVE IN THE SEASON
1. REALIZE SEASONS CHANGE BUT GOD NEVER DOES
8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Your circumstance does not determine the outcome. God does. God will move on our behalf, according to His perfect will. We do not have to live life bound to our circumstance or what the world throws at us. As Christians we should not be bound to our circumstance but to the promises of God.
God’s Word is a whole entire book filled with His promises. It is vital to understand what His Word says regardless of what life says. Why? Because His Word calls things that are not as though they were and brings what is dead to life.
2. WORK SMARTER NOT HARDER
Each season will require different work to be done. Farmers know when to plant and when to harvest in order to have to best possible fruit of their labor.
4A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.
Follow the voice of the Lord and His specific directions so that you may complete the work successfully.
1 Corinthians 3:6-7
6I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. 7So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.
3. RELEASE FAITH
We must understand what is really happening when we are truly putting our faith into action.
Acts 3:11-12 & 16
11And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering. 12And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?
16And his name (through) (faith) in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith (which is by) him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
To understand what actually is taking place when we release our faith we are going to disect three specific words taken from verse sixteen. It will be somewhat of a play by play of faith in action.
First, what is Faith? (faith)
4102 pistis (pis’-tis);
from 3982; persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself:
Faith is being persuaded and convicted that Jesus is who He says He is and will do what He says He will do. Our persuasion can only be in the name of Jesus and His promises.
Second, how is faith released? (through)
1909 epi (ep-ee’);
a primary preposition; properly, meaning superimposition (of time, place, order, etc.), as a relation of distribution [with the genitive case], i.e. over, upon, etc.; of rest (with the det.) at, on, etc.; of direction (with the accusative case) towards, upon, etc.:
Our faith (what we are persuaded of and morally convicted about) must be distributed. To distribute means to spread out so as to cover something.
Our faith in the name of Jesus must completely cover over our situations and impossibilities.
In other words we cover over what we believe for with the promises of God. It absolutely does not matter what it may appear to be. We are to cover over what it is with what God says it can be.
Third, how does Jesus’ power interrupt our circumstances? (which is by)
1223 dia (dee-ah’);
a primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through (in very wide applications, local, causal, or occasional):
When we distribute faith it literally creates a channel for Jesus’ power to flow into our lives.
Faith provides a roadway for the power of God to flow directly into our lives.
Much like we construct roadways to travel from point A to point B. Faith is the roadway that Jesus will use to meet us directly where we are located.
In life, it does not matter how remote or deserted an area may be, if there is a roadway people can travel to those destinations.
In our spiritual life, if we distribute faith it literally provides the means for Jesus to meet us, no matter how remote, deserted, or desperate our location may appear to be.
FINAL THOUGHTS ABOUT FAITH
16I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 17For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
AVOID THE FOLLOWING SEASON “KILLERS”
Discontentment is a joy stealer. You will always feel that you never have enough when you are discontent.
12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Lack of faith will leave you feeling hopeless. Lack of faith makes you feel alone.
6But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
A life of doubt is governed by circumstances. Circumstance change from one minute to the next.
No matter how great life may be, if there is pride destruction is sure to come.
Pride robs God of His Glory.
18Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. 19Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.