August 19, 2018
God Has Never Failed Psalm 37:23-25
 
ONE OF THE MOST arrogant statements a person can make is to say, “God has failed me.” It is the haughtiest thought of a person’s mind. It is the most conceited sentence a tongue can utter. 
 
“God, our Father, we come to you weak and frail and wounded. So many here have lost so much, and yet we are grateful to you for your grace and for your mercy.” The Mark, 362
 
Yet most of us have thought or said it at one time or another—if not through our words, at least through our actions. When trying times come, we slump into our sulking chair and fold our arms across our chest, thinking, How could God have let this happen? Doesn’t He know I had a plan? Isn’t He paying attention? How could He fail me like this?
 
We’re certain we know what’s best for our future, and when God doesn’t cooperate, we’re quick to remind Him how out of line He is. If only He could see things our way, He’d understand. At least that’s how it seems from our point of view. But is God really so out of touch? Do we really think He isn’t paying attention?
 
“The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord,” said King David. “He delights in every detail of their lives…. Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly forsaken, nor seen their children begging for bread” (Psalm 37:23, 25).
 
There have been literally billions of people on the planet since the days of Adam, and God has never failed one of them, yet somehow we convince ourselves that He has forgotten our predicament. What message does that send to God about the level of our trust?
 
God’s power is most evident when it seems that our life is most out of control. When we are the weakest, He is the strongest. When we need Him most, He is nearer than ever. Even when it seems that life has left us alone, God is right beside us, holding us in the palm of his mighty hand. The worst we can do during these times of trial is to blame God and fight Him for control. The best we can do is to let go and believe His promises.
 
Reflection When is the last time you felt like God had forsaken you? Has he ever let you down in the past? Pray that he will help you trust him in the midst of your troubles.
 
Weekly Prayer
“Fulfill in me, O God, those desires of goodness which you have put in my heart, and complete the work of faith, that Jesus Christ may be glorified in me.”