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You are not forgotten DAY 29

Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel,“My way is hidden from the Lord;my cause is disregarded by my God”?Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. Isaiah 40:27 I regularly remember the time in my life when I was struggling with deep depression. I felt God had forgotten all about me. I was in ministry at that time and it made it even worse. Here I was, singing and preaching to others while I was going through my own faith battle. For some of us this lockdown might have triggered a deep sense of uncertainty even in our faith. You may be grappling with doubt like a Thomas and wonder if God hasn’t forgotten you, or even us. Or if He even exists? Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God”? Remember the prophet Isaiah is foretelling the exile that is still to come. A mixture of people is part of the exile. There was the true remnant of course but there was a large segment that probably believed in the Lord but had given up all hope because they were overwhelmed by their captivity. For them God was not concerned or aware of their plight or have discarded them completely. A bad spot to be in. That is where I can relate. When I had to go through the deep waters of utter despair and depression - that is exactly what I thought. I remember reading this same passage so many years ago and thinking – God, you have forgotten me and my way is hidden from Him. The phrase “my cause is disregarded by my God” is a court term. It is as if you are waiting in line for a judge to hear your plea but he keeps passing you. But then he gently rebukes them (and us) and reminds them of who this God is. He is everlasting – He is form forever, standing outside of time. Even when time takes so long to bring healing and breakthrough. He is the Creator of the ends of the earth – He will not let go of what He created. He will preserve it. He will also preserve you! How do we know this? He never tires out or throws in the towel. No problems are too hard for Him to handle and He knows everything about me. Therefor my ways cannot be hidden from Him. And lastly, His ways are higher than ours. We do not and will not understand everything on this side of eternity. I have made peace with that. His understanding no one can fathom, but his motive, that we must trust! Stay safe and stand strong. Retief Burger

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