Isaiah 40:27-28: O Jacob, how can you say the LORD does not see your troubles? O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights? The Lord is the everlasting God, the creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depth of his understanding.
Of late I have seen a pattern in myself and in my many of my friends it goes to this question; Where is God when I need him? Where is God? To my human eyes God has abandoned me. That he has left me to figure all my problems on my own. I realize through each trial I go through I have this tendency to take matters in my own hands. When I do it takes me on a road that can lead me to mistrust God.
I have a hard time trusting people in the first place. I naturally have a tough time trusting God. Guess who else also had a tough time of trusting God? Adam and Eve, Cain, Jacob, Rebecca, all the tribes of Israel basically everyone in the bible except of course Jesus had a hard time of trusting God. They each had a choice to look beyond what they wanted, beyond to what they thought was right and look right at God instead. Yet the question remained where is God?
God spoke through the prophet Isaiah about this very issue. In Isaiah 40:27-28 O Jacob, how can you say the LORD does not see your troubles? O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights? During this time it was being prophesied that the children of Israel would be held in captivity for their unbelief and mistrust. God wanted to comfort them because they forgot how he works. Are we not the same? I know that I tend to forget what God has done many times before. When I’m in trouble, or desire something I just cannot remember how God brought me through it before. I start questioning is God there does he not see the trouble that I am in. The answer is yes he does.
God continued to speak through Isaiah that he is the creator of all the earth that no one can measure the depth of his understanding. This is very much the truth. We cannot measure how much he understands our situations, our trouble, or our needs. He knows what needs to be done. Perhaps this is why we sense a delay or no answer because he just wants us to trust him and not our eyes.
God longs to give us the strength to keep pushing when we cannot see. He wants us to have faith and belief that is not based on our own strength. In our American culture we tend to say that we have to be self-reliant on ourselves and no one else. God desires us to work with him to be reliant on him and no one else. A new concept I know. He does not want us to grow indifferent to his timing. How do we change this knowing what God desire is during our troubles?
It starts with an attitude change. My attitude needs to change from looking at people for my validation/answers. My attitude needs to change from one of suspicion to one of trust. My attitude needs to change to absolute surrender. I know that I cannot continue to search everywhere else for an answer, that I need to look to hills (to the cross), to the heavens for my help. My help comes from the Lord.
In other words God has not abandoned us in our time of need. We have abandoned him in our time of need. It’s time for a change in attitude, thinking, and action. Are you ready to trust God in the midst of your troubles?