Food For Thought: God is Worth It

Sometimes things go wrong. Sometimes it feels like every day has a vendetta against you, that every person is trying to push you to the limit, that life itself is fighting to make you miserable. It’s just one thing after another, and no matter how hard you try to fight your own sour mood you keep falling down deeper and deeper into the gloom until at last you just don’t want to try anymore.

And then you wake in the morning and you know you need to read your bible, but you just don’t feel like it. What difference will it make, really? God already sees you and knows you, and He obviously is okay with your life being garbage, so what’s the point?

The point of reading your bible is not so that God will see you. It isn’t as though opening the book sends out a beacon of light and God says, “Oh look, a faithful servant! I wonder how he/she is doing today.” God already knows how you are, where you are, and most importantly He wants to be a part of your life. And aren’t these the very words of God? Consume them, they draw you closer to His throne.

The point of reading your bible isn’t to magically make you feel better, to automatically fix your life. If all you care about is being happy go watch Hallmark movies—24/7. If you’d read your bible you’d know that 1). God wants a real, deep relationship with you, 2). Your purpose is to glorify God, 3). Suffering is a part of life, and 4). God works together all things for the good of those who love Him. So, read your bible, it will help you understand the Lord and encourage you in your walk with Him.

Not everyone in the bible had everything is easy and happy. There are plenty of instances of people who shared your situation, many times ten times worse. But when they turned to God as their Rock, He helped them through it, in whatever way He saw fit to do so. David before he became king was chased by Saul for eleven years, Job suffered for ‘no apparent reason’ and the only answer he received was that God is God—and yet God blessed him all the more abundantly when the suffering came to an end.

So here is my encouraging passage for you who are having a rough day, week, month, whatever it may be. Be encouraged and go to God. He is always worth it.

 

1Vindicate me, my God,

and plead my cause

against an unfaithful nation.

Rescue me from those who are

deceitful and wicked.

2You are God my stronghold.

Why have you rejected me?

Why must I go about mourning,

oppressed by the enemy?

3Send me your light and your faithful care,

let them lead me;

let them bring me to your holy mountain,

to the place where you dwell.

4Then I will go to the altar of God,

to God, my joy and my delight.

I will praise you with the lyre,

O God, my God.

 

5Why, my soul, are you downcast?

Why so disturbed within me?

Put your hope in God,

for I will yet praise him,

my Savior and my God.

~Psalm 43

Palm Sunday: Wept

28After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30“Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’ ”

32Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”

34They replied, “The Lord needs it.”

35They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.

37When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:

38“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”b

“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

39Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”

40“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

41As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” ~Luke 19

It is a terrible feeling

To feel lost

To feel all alone

It is a horrible longing

To want to be found

To have everyone’s love

Because it is impossible

You will always be alone

Always lost

You will never fully be found

Never win everyone’s heart

.

You told them to go

Into the city

To bring back to Yourself

A young donkey

Into the city you rode

On the little one’s back

The crowd cheered You

The Pharisees hated You

And You wept for them all

For them You wept

.

I know Lord

I am not alone, ever

I know Lord

I am found by You

Always

I know that Your heart

I have, here

And my own You’ve won

Always

And yet I am not yet with You

The time has not yet come

When will it come?

Come soon!

.

Hosanna! Hosanna!

To You is the victory!

They shouted Your praise in the streets

You were proclaiming the triumph

Over sin

And yet it was not yet

It had not yet come

But even as You wept for them

You knew that the day was near

When You would die on the cross

For them

When the earth would shake

The curtain break,

And then sin’s hold

Be ended

The victory at last!

The victory at last!

.

So even as I weep

Even when You wept

There is victory already won

There is victory

And it is coming soon

~

16Rejoice always, 17pray continually, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

19Do not quench the Spirit. 20Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22reject every kind of evil.

23May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. ~1 Thessalonians 5

 

Hope.

Sometimes I fall down.

Sometimes I feel trampled into the ground.

Sometimes I feel sad.

Sometimes I run away and hide.

Sometimes I feel so bottled up inside it comes out as constant anger, frustration.

Sometimes I wonder why I don’t feel happy all the time.

Sometimes that is how I am, perhaps for days or weeks.

But the result is always the same.

I know that I am scared of feeling so sad.

I know I am scared of facing the truth.

So instead I bury myself, run away and hide.

But in the end I must confess that there’s only one way to get through.

It’s to face the truth with You, LORD.

Jesus desires not for His children to scurry away and hide, cowering in the darkness.

Instead we ought to come exposed into the light.

Perhaps there will be pain, maybe no good feelings.

But there is truth, and a God who is above all and in all.

I don’t have to feel good all the time, just so long as I come to Him.

I don’t have to be afraid, He’s got the whole world in His hands.

I don’t have to hide away in misery, I can come to Him in truth.

Exactly as I am, come to Him exactly as He is.

LORD, thank You that You don’t demand a fake smile on my face.

Thank You for Yourself.

Thank You for the hope that You always bring.

Even though right now.

I am sad.

My Voice, God’s Voice

“22Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24For,

‘All people are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25but the word of the Lord endures forever.’

And this is the word that was preached to you.” ~1 Peter 1

Music reels around
A cloud of mist in my head
And my soul wants to sing out
But I’m caged up without bread
What bread is fed to me
It is old and stale
But still I choke out the words
“I love You, Lord.
Why so caged up within me, oh my soul?
I will yet praise Him
My Lord and my God.”
This is my voice
Give rise to His Voice

Music reels around
A cloud of mist in my head
And my soul wants to sing out
But I’m depressed inside
Depressed because of my ruins
Ruined because of the fire I lit
But still I whisper the words
“I love You, Lord.
Why so depressed within me, oh my soul?
I will yet praise Him
My Lord and my God.”
This is my voice
Give rise to His Voice

Music reels around
A cloud of mist in my head
Ad my soul wants to sing out
But I’m saddened in my heart
My heart is heavy with what I’ve seen
I’ve seen so much yet so very little
But still I shout out the words
“I love You, Lord!
Why so sad within me, oh my soul?
I will yet praise Him!
My Lord and my God!
This cage is unlocked
Jesus is my full satisfaction!
The ruins are being built up
Jesus is my foundation!
What I have seen will pass away
Jesus makes all things new!
He has done so much!
He’ll do so much more!
This is my God!
I will yet praise Him!”

This is my voice
Give rise to His Voice
~

“1As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
2My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
3My tears have been my food
day and night,
while people say to me all day long,

“Where is your God?”
4These things I remember
as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God
under the protection of the Mighty One
with shouts of joy and praise
among the festive throng.

5Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.

6My soul is downcast within me;
therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,
the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
7Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me.

8By day the Lord directs his love,
at night his song is with me—
a prayer to the God of my life.

9I say to God my Rock,
“Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go about mourning,
oppressed by the enemy?”
10My bones suffer mortal agony
as my foes taunt me,
saying to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”

11Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.” ~Psalm 42