“Though we are slaves, our God has not forsaken us in our bondage.” Ezra 9:9.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Ezra 9-10, Psalm 131, and Luke 21.
I often live as someone aware of God’s presence when things are going well and less aware of God’s presence when they aren’t.
I worry when there is trouble because I forget that God is my God in all seasons.
The minister I heard this AM used this line: “This is more than I can handle but He will not give me more than He can handle.”
I look at things through godless eyes and wonder why my reactions are messed up. God doesn’t ever leave me.
In today’s verse, Ezra speaks words of hope in a hopeless situation after he learns of the exiled Jews blatant disobedience.
Ezra has no hope of a “happy” ending but he understands that God is with His people no matter what they’re going through. And I need to have the same disposition!
I frequently question my connectedness to God. I worry that distance develops during my “awayness.” But it doesn’t. God is nearby even when I ignore Him. It is never a long journey back to His presence. That, my friend, is a great comfort.
“Lord, You are with me. My mind is stirred by the thought. Forgive me for believing that You are ever distant from me. You aren’t. I love You, Father.”
You cannot be separated from the love of God.