14 Jul Remembering We Are Loved In Chaos Part II
In recent weeks, as I head out the door for work, it has become a common occurrence that our 2-year-old daughter has a moment of, let’s just say, “weakness.” That is, as I get ready to leave, she experiences a type of emotional breakdown and latches onto my leg, begging for me not to go. Since this started, I’ve been trying to explain to her that I will come back and she doesn’t have to worry. However, her mind simply does not comprehend what I’m telling her. For her, all she sees in that moment is her dad walking out the door, not knowing if or when he will come back.
Have you ever felt that way spiritually? Maybe you’re in that place at this very moment.
Many times, we go through these chaotic events, or even seasons, of our lives and we look up at God with feelings of hopelessness and we say, “God, where have you gone? I am all alone here. Are you ever coming back?” And we forget, or simply don’t understand, the promise of Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” [ESV] In this moment, Moses is speaking to the Israelites in a moment of chaos. As he is about to depart from this life and Joshua will come up to take his place in leadership. And the Israelite people have a “reputation” of messing up in moments of chaos, of forgetting the loving promises of God. So Moses uses one of his last opportunities to speak the truth in love to God’s people by reminding them, “You are loved and you are not alone. Even though I will die, there is One far greater than me who is always with you.”
Though the morning is a struggle for our daughter, one of my favorite moments is walking through the door when I get home. She drops whatever she is doing, she runs through the house and welcomes me with the biggest smile and hug. Far too often we forget, that we serve a God who does not leave us in our chaos, but rather One who has already gone before us and is always with us.
Be strong and courageous, because you are not alone. Do not be in fear, for you stand in victory. Rest in the promise that we have a God who looks at us with an unending and never failing love.