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This Month's Message

God, Are You There?
By Fran Caffey Sandin

Recently, while having lunch with my new friend, I said, “Marty, you might like to know that in September our local Community Bible Study will be examining the book of Isaiah.”

Marty’s eyes brightened as she replied, “Since you mentioned Isaiah, I will share something very personal.”

I was curious about her comment and listened carefully as she explained.

“One morning I entered my church sanctuary with a heavy heart. It was a good time for solitude because no one was there. Softly filtered light illuminated stained glass windows in the slightly musty atmosphere, but nothing deterred my focused thoughts and questions. In view of recent circumstances beyond my control, I could not help asking, Lord, have you forgotten me? Where are you, Lord? Why did you abandon me?

“I walked down the aisle, slipped between two rows, took a seat, then reached down and deployed the crimson velvet kneeling -pad. Silently, I dropped to my knees. With my face in my hands, I cried out to God. Soon tears began falling between my fingers as I continued praying. After a few minutes, I spotted a small gold plaque glistening on the back of the pew in front of me. Through blurred vision, I could tell it contained a scripture verse. I could almost imagine God tapping me on the shoulder. Surprisingly, I read, ‘See, I have not forgotten you. I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.’(Isaiah 49:16).

“What a comforting message!”

Marty said, “It seemed that God Himself was answering my greatest concern. I continued crying, but my tears became tears of joy as I felt God had heard my cries and answered my prayers with the reassurance of His presence in my situation. It was one of those special times when God seems to give an unexpected hug through His Word—just when we need it.”

Like Marty, we may sometimes feel God has turned His back on us, especially during difficult times. If you have never made a profession of faith, then all you have to do is cry out to the Lord and seek Him with your whole heart, and He will reveal Himself to you (Romans 10: 9,10).

When we have repented of our sins, trusted Jesus as our Savior, and placed our faith in Him, nothing can separate us from His love. Regardless of our feelings we can trust God’s Word and believe Him. His promises are as sure as the sunrise. He has said, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13: 5 NIV). He is the God who is there.

Dear Heavenly Father, please forgive us when we doubt your love and tender mercies. Thank you for the times you prove your love through your Word and through your creative ways of showing it to us. May we be faithful to read and study the Bible and apply it in life every day-- In Jesus’ name. Amen.