‘Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God; ruthless people are trying to kill me— they have no regard for you. But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.’ Psalm 86.14-15
There are two great lessons in these sentences. First, just because you might be going through a hard time, it does not mean that God is against you or has removed his love from you. When the writer of these words was in trouble, he fled right back to the love and compassion of God. His attitude was that the love of God was what he should run to, not what had been taken from him.
The second point these verses highlight is that the love of God is not something that is vague and abstract, but rather it has a real relevance for you in the particular situations in which you find yourself. God is not dispassionately looking down on you and all you are going through. His love and compassion are available for you now and his desire is to reach into those very situations that trouble you. He is for real – and he is for you!
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