Do you ever feel alone in your despair? Feeling like whatever you’re going through you’re struggling alone. Even if there are people all around you, you feel like you’re on an island, and that God is nowhere to be found; that he isn’t answering your prayers, nor does he care what you’re going through? If you are in that place I want to encourage you to hold on. Would it surprise you that David, and even Jesus felt that way at one point? David writes in Psalm 22 verses 1 and 2:
"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, and am not silent."
Jesus used those same first few words while he was on the cross. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” David said, “why are you so far from the words of my groaning.” But God tells us that he will never leave us or forsake us. In your darkest hour, it may feel like you are alone and it may seem like God isn’t there, that he doesn’t care and that he isn’t answering your prayer. But we have to remember what he said - that he will never leave us nor forsake us. And the bible also reminds us that God is not a man that he would lie, so we know that his words are true. Just know that God loves you, he hears you and his ways are higher than our ways. At some point in each of our lives we find ourselves in that place. But the key is to persevere, and through it all, to trust God.
When you feel like God has left you and that you’re facing life’s problems alone, I believe that is the most important time to trust Him. In that moment, you may feel the most vulnerable and you may feel like giving up. You may even feel like you want to curse God and blame him for abandoning you. But the truth is that even though we may not feel God, it would do us well to have faith in him. Remember what Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hang in there brothers and sisters and have faith.