I called on your name Lord, From the depths of the pit. You heard my plea: “Don’t close your ears to my cry for relief.” You came near when I called you and you said, “Do not fear.” – Lam 3:55-57
Israel was in captivity to the Babylonians and yet the faithful pray. Even though they had sinned against God, they pray for deliverance. They offer up their hearts in their prayers to God, even though it appears that God is not listening. They know a God that never fails and never forgets those who cry out to Him in earnest.
I need to know, there is always a consequence for my sin. Sometimes it means that God withdrawals His protection for a time and I have to face what my sin has brought upon me. My sin and my consequence are not God’s fault and as a matter of fact, He has every right to leave me in my disaster, but He never leaves those who are crying out to Him and repent.
No, He never leaves me in the desert, He never forsakes me in the darkness. He lifts me up and into the light when I repent. That is the loving God we serve. So many times, I hear of this angry, unforgiving God in the Old Testament, but as I get to know Him more I realize He has had the same compassion on people since the beginning.
God loves people. He is always trying to get them to return home to Him. He is always trying to put people on the righteous path. He is always getting His people to see the light of their way. It is no different for me and in my walk with Him. When I am wondering He disciplines me back to the path.
God loves the one He disciplines, just as I love my son and discipline him upon the right paths. But I can only teach Him as God is teaching me. I still have free will to make mistakes, to walk into the darkness or to completely walk away if I so choose to. But I know that I never will because my God loves me as no one does. He never forsakes or leaves me in the dark places and His grace is greater than all things I have done. May it be so for you too.