We were lost. My GPS wasn’t working. It was 10:30 p.m., and Miriam (my late husband’s mom) and I were in Los Angeles searching for our hotel. The streets were not well-lit. We had no map, driving in circles in a difficult area; we were overcome by fear. Together, we prayed aloud and asked God for help. Stopping to ask for directions was not an option, so we called the hotel receptionist to get our bearings. The cheery voice at the other end of the phone line assured us we were not far from our home for the night. Mom and I were looking for our destination, our reservation waiting for us, and we needed assurance we were headed in the right direction. Our fear changed to determination, and we gained renewed courage to find our way.
Ever felt lost or lonely? Of course, all of us have. Jesus’ promise to be with us always reminds us we will never have to face anything alone. Sometimes we feel out of sorts, as if our GPS isn’t working; we are lost in the dark in an unfamiliar place. If you have trusted Jesus as your personal savior, you can stand firm on this truth that He is with you even unto the end of time. All you have to do is call out to Jesus for help.
But where do feelings of fear and abandonment come from? The enemy uses them to keep us separated and distrusting the hand of God. One is doubt—not believing God says he will fulfill His promises. The only way to come against doubt is to know God’s word. Another obstacle is distraction—not staying focused on loving and serving God. To come against distraction, we must focus on loving God with all of our heart mind, soul, and strength. The last thing that could separate us from God is discouragement. To come against discouragement, we must remind ourselves of God’s love and His plans for us.
In order to return to the place of feeling accepted and loved by God to walk in the abundant life he has for us, we must remind ourselves of the greeting found in 2 Chronicles 15:2 that Azariah gave to King Asa when he returned from battle. “The Lord will stay with you as long as you stay with him! Whenever you look for him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will forsake you.” When we feel lost or abandoned by God, we must call on Him in prayer and remind ourselves He is with us. Peace will take us over, and He will help us find our way home.
Let’s pray, “Lord we love you, thank you that you are looking for us. We look for you as we choose to trust you and believe you will do what you say. Lift our discouragement and doubt and keep our focus on you. In Jesus’ name, amen.”