Psalms 86-88

Psalms 86-88

Psalm 66:5Vintage message from January 19, 2003.

People ask me, “Why does God allow this to happen to those that love Him and that He loves?” And I have no good answer for you because God loves men. I know that from God’s Word, in studying for years, that God loves those whom He’s created, and if He is allowing you to go through something, even for an extended period of time, it is out of His love for you, not His hatred of you. And I hear people say all the time, “God must hate me. God is unfair to me. God has done this to me and it is not right.” Well, you know what? If God has done it, if God has done it, it is right, because God knows what He’s doing. We may not understand it, and we may not have all the answers…

It is God’s desire to bring us into everlasting life with Him. It is God’s desire to show His love to us. It is God’s desire that we understand the sacrifice that He’s made. We sometimes think that life is hard for us. Imagine for a moment how hard life must have been for Jesus…

Why do we find ourselves in depression so often? Because we want to make the decisions for ourselves, and though sometimes God’s hand is heavy on us because He is trying to get our attention, I think most of the depression, most of the despair that we feel in life is not because God has rejected us, but because we have decided we can do it in our own strength. We can do it ourselves… Then we experience this hole that we dig for ourselves, this depression that overwhelms us because we stepped away from the love of God..

Is it okay for God to allow me to suffer for 60 or 70 years if He’s using me to get His heart across to other men? Is it okay? He’s God, and if I like it or not, it has to be okay. I’m not going to reject Him over it. I choose to say, “Oh, Lord, the God Who saves me. It is still You I will turn to. It is still You that I will pray to. And though the hardship is there and though I face death and thought I face despair, I know, Lord, it is You Who saves me…”

God is always loving and faithful. We don’t always understand that faithfulness. We don’t always understand how His love is poured out on us. But oftentimes I’ve found in my life, when there’s been struggle and hardship, that that hardship has come because of my sin nature or the sin nature of another, not because God has ignored me…

God is always compassionate and loving towards us, if we will keep our eyes and our hearts on Him. Doesn’t mean that we’re not going to face hard times. It just means that when we face those hard times, His loving faithfulness is there and will bring us through. No matter how long we’re there, it is His loving faithfulness that will bring us through…

The deeds of God are amazing. The deeds of God are wonderful and there is nothing that compares with what God does in our life, if we will take the time to count each day those things that God does for us…

This is where we find the answer to turmoil. It’s not in running and hiding from struggle, not from hollering at God because He’s allowed trouble in our life, not to deny that we have depression in our life, but to turn to God and say, “God, regardless of what’s going on in my life, I’m going to trust You. I’m not going to allow my heart to be divided over these things [or] these circumstances in this world. I’m going to look to Your truth, and Your truth is You love me.” His Word confirms His love for us. You love me. And the more you can say that, the more you are convinced of that,  the less the things of the world are going to affect you; the more your mind is going to be clear so that when you’re facing the hardship, you work your way through the hardship.  Hard times are going to happen. I’m not telling you they’re not.

Pastor Dave Elkins

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