August 24, 2021

Why then have you broken down its walls, so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit? The boar from the forest ravages it, and all that move in the field feed on it.

Turn again, O God of hosts! Look down from heaven, and see; have regard for this vine, the stock that your right hand planted, and for the son whom you made strong for yourself. (Psalm 80:12-15)

I remember the time nicely; life seemed to be falling apart around my wife and me. Our oldest son and family recently moved out of state, our youngest son’s marriage was struggling, and our daughters’ relationship and walk with the Lord was straining. If that were not enough, I was also dealing with Youth Leader issues within my Youth Leader Team at church. My wife and I were overwhelmed, questioning, of course, which fire to put out first. Ever been there?

I believe we all can agree; one of the most challenging assignments life can hand us is trying to function when things around us seem to be falling apart. If you have been there, you can appreciate the difficulty of doing what you usually do when nothing around you is close to normal. The added pressure and pain piled on top of an already stressful life can bring us to the point of despair. Amidst those times, can you recall thinking: “Does anyone understand what I’m feeling? Does anyone even see me?

Verse 14 should be a comforting reminder to us all that Someone understands our exhaustion and pain. Amid billions of people, God sees us. He is watching every moment “Look down from heaven, and see.” God is watching every moment of our lives. Verse 14 also tells us He comes to “visit” us in our times of trouble. He is our help in our time of need.

It reminds me of the story in (Genesis 16), which tells of a desperate young woman, pregnant and temporarily homeless, who felt she had no one left who cared for her. She called on God, and He visited her in her moment of hopelessness. Even though all her problems did not disappear, she was encouraged to know that God was paying attention to her as (Genesis 16:13) tells us, “So she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing,” for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.”

Friends, no matter what this day has in store for us, we can be assured that God is watching. As the author of (Psalm 80:19) did, we, too, need to call on God to visit us with His incredible power. Would you call on the Lord today?

Father, You have told me to ask You for whatever I need. You said that if I ask, it will be given. If I seek, I will find. If I knock, the door will be opened to me. I ask You, Father, for guidance and direction now, Lord, and I pray that You would answer my request. You are a perfect Father Who only gives good gifts to His children. You love to give good gifts to those who ask. As Your humble child, I ask for the blessings of strength and wisdom today. For it is in Your precious Name I ask, Amen.

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><


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