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GOD

MATT BUCKNER

Psalm 145:18-19

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.

My freshman year of High School started off promisingly. I was on the volleyball team, I finally got to go to school with some of my lifelong friends, and the opportunities seemed endless! I was ready and excited to make High School the “best four years of my life.” However, that quickly changed when my energy began to drain. My body felt weak and soon I could not function like I usually did. My body had contracted an autoimmune disease, which means my body was basically fighting against itself. This disease led to months home alone locked away in my room. I missed school, volleyball practice, youth group, and most other fun social gatherings. It seemed as though I was “out of sight and out of mind” to most people. As if fighting a disease was not bad enough, I had to fight the powerful force of loneliness.

In the midst of this ongoing battle, I started to believe that God had forgotten about me just like everyone else. I did not want to turn to Him because I was afraid He would reject me or let me down. After months of pain, medication, medical tests, and hopelessness, I had run out of options, so I chose to cry out to the Lord for help. I was at the very end of myself, and there He was waiting for me to turn to Him!

Psalm 145 says that the Lord is near to all who call on Him in truth. The truth is, no matter how I have felt in my lowest points, God promised he would never leave me, and he always keeps his promises. We can call on Him knowing the truth: He hears us and He is excited to listen! When I started to call out to him, I began to find hope again because I was in the arms of a God who desires to hold each of us close so we can see the beauty of his love!

It is easy to pray to God expecting that he will say the word to make all your problems disappear. While He is powerful enough to do so, that is not always how He works. He wants to be near to you because He knows how to provide all that you need in every situation. Allowing God to be with us in the midst of our problems is a much slower “fixing” process; however, it is much more personal. Time with Him is more rewarding than any quick fix. God really likes you and he wants to walk through life with you!

QUESTION 1. When life is hard, what is your response to God? How can you adjust this response?
QUESTION 2. When life is going well, what is your response to God? How can you adjust this response?
CHALLENGE: Ask God to show you the power of his presence in your life today. Without giving Him a list of things you want Him to do for you, just spend time with Him right now!