What Is God Like, Part 2

Yesterday I listened to a woman share how she had once had experienced severe abandonment issues in her past.  It reminded me of another part of God’s character – what He is like.

It’s no wonder that in this era of fast transportation, global accessibility, mobile jobs, homes, and people, that we as a human race experience abandonment.  Families are no longer in geographical reach, so the built-in face-to-face support system we once had has vanished.  Add to that the break-up of homes and families, and all the “garbage” that comes with that – betrayal, anger, depression – and it’s no wonder people feel alone.

Then there are “normal” losses – the death of a loved one, or a lost job.  One can feel alone because they have encountered a problem that they feel no one can help them with, or maybe because they weren’t included in a gathering of friends, or were already in a crowd but felt alone anyway.

It’s even worse when one feels like God has left them.  When things go wrong it’s easy to think that God has backed off from protecting us; that He’s gone on extended vacation somewhere in another part of the universe.

But is that like God?  Is that part of His character?

The truth is:  God never, never leaves us alone.  Not for an instant.

I’m fascinated with Hebrew.  Certainly I’m no expert, but I read from my Hebrew Bible as often as I can (s-l-o-w-l-y and with vocabulary and lexicons VERY close by!).

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Isaiah 41;10 – “Do not anticipate the bad, for I am with you.  Do not be afraid, for I am your God.  I will make you strong; I will help you; I will support you with My righteous right hand.”  (My translation.)

There are other places in Scripture that say the same thing.  One more is Matthew 28:20: “…lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

THIS is who God is.  When everything crashes down around you, God is still there.  When every human abandons you, He is still there.  When you are rejected, He is still there.  In fact, even when you do wrong things and fall flat on your face, God is still with you.  He doesn’t leave you for an instant.

You are His precious, created child, and He treasures you enough to walk your life-journey alongside of you.  No, He doesn’t keep you from making mistakes, or from their consequences.  He protects you from more than you will know, but not from everything that life dishes out.  However, He is there with you through it, as Someone you can lean on for support.

God never takes a vacation from you.  He doesn’t even want to.  That’s how much He loves and cares about you.
Sometimes you may sense Him near, other times you may not.  But it doesn’t change the fact that He’s there anyway.  How we can better recognize Him is another topic . . .

Please share . . . How and when have you sensed God’s presence in your life?  Or when did you need to sense Him near, but didn’t?

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14 Responses to What Is God Like, Part 2

  1. This post reminds me of the Footprints in the Sand poem, where someone is questioning why during the good times in his life there are two sets of footprints in the sand with God walking beside him and during the hard times there is only one set of footprints in the sand. He questions why God abandons him during the difficult times. God’s answer is that there is only one set of prints during the hard times because those are the times that God carries him.
    We may feel alone during the challenges in our lives, but there is a reason for those challenges – we have a lesson to learn or strength to gain. Although we may feel alone at times, God never abandons us.

    Wendy

    • Amen to that, Wendy! I wasn’t thinking of that poem when I wrote this, but it does fit nicely, doesn’t it! I think one thing we need to learn always is that feelings are not always reality. We may FEEL alone, but ARE not alone. Tough thing to remember.

  2. Kyle Nelson says:

    What an inspirational post you have Pastor! God loves us all and never leaves our side. He is our best friend and true love. Averse that cameo my mind when reading this was Psalms 68:6 “Yea, though I walk through the valley. . ., I will fear no evil; For you are with me.” He is all ways with us “till the end of the age”(Matt 28:20). I am so glad I found your blog and look very forward to connecting with you and reading more you have to share wit us about the message!
    God Bless,
    Kyle Nelson
    http://kyle-nelson.com

    • Hi Kyle,

      Thanks for stopping by — and for sharing your psalm. That’s a favorite of mine, too. (Boy, I seem to have a lot of favorites — but I really do 🙂 Yes, God is even with us when we walk through so valleys and we never have to fear. Look forward to connecting with you, also!

  3. Hi Pastor Sherry & Wendy, the exact same poem Wendy commented with came to my mind when reading the blogpost. Yes, being myself active in the cristian church (newapostolic), I can agree fully that the Lord never abandons us as his creation… Even when times get tuff and we are asking the Lord why things are happening in our lives it’s all to prepare us for the coming of the Lord. Only with him we will be able to enter in the kindom of God and for this reason a strong believe in the Lord day in and day out are the best pre-requisite to achieve this goal… Thank you Pastor Sherry for spreding the gospel once again..

    • Hi Alex,

      Sounds like I should’ve included the Footsteps poem into this blog! Yes, no matter what happens to us, God can make it work out for our good. The hard thing is holding onto that while going through the rough time. But each trial can make us stronger for the next, until we become fully mature in the Lord. Thanks for visiting and leaving your comments!

  4. When I lost my first husband to a brain tumor in 1978, the Lord gave me that wonderful verse, Isaiah 61:3. Through the years, the verse has spoken to me in a special way for various reasons, but always the last part of the verse was a great word picture for what He was doing within me… “that we might be called the trees of righteousness, that HE may be glorified.” It gave me a whole new purpose, and almost a “reason” why I should lose my husband when he was 30 and I was 25.

    More recently, He has drawn my whole family even closer than we were, and close to Himself… He took our eldest son, James, home on Dec.12, 2009, in a highway accident. It helps a lot to know that James knew and loved the Lord, so we know he is with Him… but we miss him sorely. He was best of friends with all of his sisters and brothers. Through this past year the Lord has proven Himself over and over again as the God of All Comfort, just as He promised.

    Willena Flewelling

    • What horrible experiences you have lived through! Truly God never originally intended for death to be part of our life. Someday He will destroy death itself. Don’t we all look forward to that! I’m so sorry for your losses, but also glad that you have a peace about them. When someone knows God, it takes the terrible sting out of the death experience. The pain is still there, though. I love what you quoted in Isa 61:3. I’m sure you’ve also read verses 1 & 2, which promise healing for the brokenhearted, and comfort to all who mourn. Praise God that we have hope for the future, and comfort for the present! May God’s presence continue to surround you and your family as you walk this journey.

  5. Hi Sherry,
    Your words and ministry are very kind and give true help to many. For that you can be very proud!

    Your kind words in response to Willena’s comment, I’m sure, were of comfort to Willena if she needed any more than she had already secured for herself and her family. It’s nice to see how God’s words can be of such help in situations as sad and trying like Willena has gone through.

    Willena, you are a very strong person and I offer my late, but heart-felt condolences.

    Thank you Sherry for providing help to so many!

    Dawn and (Dave)

    • Hi Dawn & Dave,

      Thank you for visiting my blog — and for your kind words! God’s words (and God Himself) have long been used to criticize others or tell people they aren’t good enough. While I totally believe that we should follow Him as he outlines, I also believe He weeps at how we withhold His love and not share it with others. I’m not perfect, but I’m on the journey 🙂

      God bless you guys for all you to help so many of us — yours is a calling and ministry, too!

  6. Beth Hewitt says:

    Hello Sherry,

    Thank you for your beautiful post and reminder to so many that GOD is ever present even when it doesn’t feel that way.

    He brings us these challenges not so we are punished but so we can be blessed with the new life lessons, experiences and growth.

    God Bless,
    Beth 🙂

    • Hi Beth,

      Thanks for stopping by! I like what you said — that these things are not a punishment. So many times it feels that way, but in reality, God never lets anything happen to us that He can’t use for our ultimate good, including growth.

  7. Lloyd Dobson says:

    Hi Sherry,

    I enjoy your word within the article. God is good and will never let us down. When we are having difficulties, it always amazes me that people don’t ask . . .God listens.

    Have a beautiful day!
    Lloyd Dobson 🙂

    • Hi Lloyd,

      Very true. Aren’t you glad God ALWAYS has a listening ear?!! And not only for when we are in difficulty, but also in times of joy. He’s always there! You have a wonderful day, as well!

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