In a time when our self-image and self-worth are challenged daily by social media highlight reels of people who seem to lead perfect, adventurous, well-maintained, lives with exceptional children and extraordinary marriages, it’s easy to focus on what’s wrong with our lives. Psalm 139 reminds us that even the things we think are “wrong” with us, are perfectly designed by God. It’s hard to grasp and verse 6 tells us so. It specifically says, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand.” (NLT)
Here’s the deal:
God knows you.
God is with you.
God is in control.
Psalm 139:16 is a pretty calming verse. It tells us that God has our lives planned out before we live a single day. Whew! That’s refreshing when you feel like your life is out of control. It’s impossible for you to be out of place. You may feel out of place and you may be in a difficult place, but you can be certain you are not hidden from God.
Wait… what? God wants me in this abusive marriage? He wants me to be sick? He wants me to be in poverty? He wants my children to suffer? Of course not! Can I explain why your life is swirling upside down right now? I cannot. Can I tell you when it will be better? I don’t know. But here’s what I do know…
It will get better.
God has a plan and it is for your life to be good. Jeremiah 29:11 assures us that God’s plan is never to harm us. The struggle is real, but you don’t need to see your way out of it. You just need to keep your eyes on God and let Him show you the way out of your struggle. He’ll either bring you out or bring you through but things will not stay the same. Don’t shy away from God because of your “stuff.” Don’t hide from God because you’re ashamed of the struggle. Lean in to His light and hold on for dear life. Don’t let go.
If you are in a sitaution that seems dark, hold on to God. Ask him to send help and strength and comfort. Tell him you need that hope for the future he talked about with Jeremiah. Don’t stop praying. Don’t stop reading your Bible and don’t….whatever you do…don’t give up on God.