“Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he slammed the door on his compassion? And I said, ‘This is my fate; the Most High has turned his hand against me.’ But then I recall all you have done, O Lord; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago. They are constantly on my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about your mighty works.” 77:11-12
Sometimes you just have to shut down your thought life and mediate on the truth.
Do you ever find yourself asking absurd questions, like ‘has God forgotten to be gracious?’ I love chapter 77 actually. Despair and trials test your faith, it stirs up a lot of questions. Just last week I sat across the table from an 86 year old who has been walking with God her entire life, but the loss of two of her children leave her with questions about her faith and God’s kindness.
But then I recall all you have done, O Lord. When you find yourself overwhelmed with doubt and anxiety, stop and redirect your thoughts.
What does the Bible say about what you’re doubting?
What does your history with God tell you?
Mediate on something truthful.
The psalmists is correct when they write “I cannot stop thinking about your mighty works”. Because once you start, it’s hard to stop. God’s presence is everywhere and even the darkest moments are marked by his kindness and grace! Practice looking for it.