When Things Don’t Go Your Way.

A Night Thought corresponding with today’s “Bible Reading Plan:” Psalm 88/ 19-BSG-88Y: (Psalm 88:18)/ Key Text: “Loved one and friend You have put far from me, And my acquaintances into darkness.” (Psalm 88:18, NKJV)

WHEN THINGS DON’T GO YOUR WAY.

Heart Questions: [1]What should you do when You feel like God has forgotten you and does not care? [3] When you feel like God has put you into the darkest pit of suffering and despair? [3] When no one is near to help (Ps. 88:18); when no family members, or friends, or neighbor to help? — Cry out day and night for God’s help!

REFLECTION: In the hour of darkness: tragedy, afflictions, depression, loneliness, and yes, coronavirus pandemic, millions are suffering without any friend. The psalmist had a similar experience. We feel similar experience especially during this coronavirus pandemic, when everything is locked down.

Jesus has been there. Listen to this: “Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.” (John 16:32) “Scattered alludes to Zechariah 13:7: “Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered” (NIV). (Jesus also quoted from Zechariah in Matthew 26:31 and Mark 14:27.) As predicted, the disciples abandoned Jesus when he was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:56; Mark 14:50). Even though Jesus was abandoned by his disciples, he was not completely alone.” [Bruce B. Barton, John, Life Application Bible Commentary, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House, 1993), 333].

DEVOTIONAL IMPLICATION: In the following verse, Christ gives this reassurance: “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, NKJV) Chris never said that His children will never suffer! In fact, afflictions, tragedy, depression, loneliness, persecutions, etc. is part of a Christian life. They are to be expected—because even our Leader, Jesus Christ went through, and warned about these things (Mt 5:11)

Listen Beloved, even in the midst of afflictions, and even death, Christ’s faith did not falter! He knew that His Father was with Him. “Christ did not fail, neither was He discouraged; and His followers are to manifest a faith of the same enduring nature. They are to live as He lived, and work as He worked, because they depend on Him as the great Master-worker. … Courage, energy, and perseverance they must possess.” [Gospel Workers, p. 39].

ACTION STEP: What response do you think this devotion should inspires us to do? Hope in the Lord; Put your trust in Him; Know that He is with you (even when things don’t go your way). Believe it!!

Beloved, coronavirus, sickness and death will not have the last word. [1] Jesus is coming back, and He will swallow up death in victory! “He will swallow up death [in victory; He will abolish death forever]. And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; and the reproach of His people He will take away from off all the earth; for the Lord has spoken it. It shall be said in that day, Behold our God upon Whom we have waited and hoped, that He might save us! This is the Lord, we have waited for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.” (Isaiah 25:8–9, AMP)

[2] He will create a new earth, where those who live there will never be sick. “And the inhabitant will not say, “I am sick”; The people who dwell in it will be forgiven their iniquity.” (Isaiah 33:24, NKJV)

Good Night: “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,” (1 Peter 1:6–7, NKJV)