For a brief moment I deserted you,
but with great compassion I will gather you.
In overflowing anger for a moment
I hid my face from you,
but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,”
says the Lord, your Redeemer.
This seemed like a good verse to start this year with, especially considering the recent shootings in Arizona. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not blaming those shootings on the wrath of God, or his desertion of us. It’s just, there are days, weeks, months, even years sometimes where you feel like life is coming apart at the seams. Our best laid plans start crumbling around us and we wonder “where is God in this?”
The truth is, sometimes, as He did with the Jewish people…His people, God does allow us to go through difficult struggles. Often it is to teach us a lesson, or to show us about ways we have been unfaithful.
But as you sit in the rubble, wondering how in the world you will ever dig yourself out, remember this promise from Isiah. It is only temporary. He will have compassion, with everlasting love. It may not happen as soon as you would like, but it will happen. God loves us, and he can only hide His face for a moment, and you will experience his love and compassion again.
Just my $.02