Free to Wonder

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Day 4 - November 30, 2022

Free to Wonder

“Will the Lord reject forever?
     Will he never show his favor again?
Has his unfailing love vanished forever?
     Has his promise failed for all time?
Has God forgotten to be merciful?
     Has he in anger withheld his compassion?”
Psalm 77:7-9

Things happen in this life. Things that don’t make sense. Things that lead to doubting, to fearing, to wondering if God even cares. Sometimes it can feel like a taboo, this doubt. When we feel it creeping up, our knee-jerk reaction is to immediately shun the questions, for fear that we’re not acting as “good Christians.” We’re told repeatedly, with absolute confidence, that the Lord is good. That His faithful love will endure forever. And we believe it, we do. But there are some moments when we can’t help but ask “does God even care?”

In the deepest throes of internal agony and doubt, the question is not whether we will have this doubt. The question is what we will do with it. This psalmist provides us the formula to overcome these questions. Not by shoving them into the deep recesses of our minds, but by turning back and remembering. Remembering the acts of God. Remembering who He is and how He has shown up.

“Then I thought, “To this I will appeal:
the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.
I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
I will consider all your works
and meditate on all your mighty deeds.” Psalm 77: 10-12

In your darkest moments of fear and doubt, remember. Remember who God is. Remember how He has shown up again and again, not only in your own life, but for all of humankind. The Bible is a story of the radical love of the Father, proven by His grace and forgiveness over and over.

It’s okay to have these questions. But instead of feeling guilt and shame for them, commit yourself to overcoming them. In studying the word and remembering who God is, you will only grow closer to the one we have the privilege of
calling Father.

by Sydney Shrimpton

Prayer
Lord, remind us of your good works. Let us not falter in our steps with you. When these questions arise, allow us to hand them over to you, trusting in what you have done and said. In moments of weakness and pain, help us recall all that you have done for us. Make our memories long and strong and let us be encouraged. In your name, Amen.


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