Our God is so good; so faithful and true. I love the word “but” throughout Scripture. Over and over again in Psalms we see David crying out to God, feeling that God has left Him, or that the situation is dire and then we see the but. “But God…” And we find Him in the midst.
I found it in Isaiah 64:8. Isaiah confesses the sins of his people in verses 6-7, “There is no one who calls on Your name…For you have hidden your face from us.” Then verse 8, “But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.” Essentially, Isaiah is saying, “Even though we messed up and can’t be good, You are our Father. You love us with a Father’s love. Your love is covenantal and committed. Therefore, I submit to your molding, your making, your training. I trust You, God, in the midst.”
I read in Jeremiah this morning about God telling Jeremiah to tell His people that they are to go into the land of Babylon and build houses, and plant, and give their sons and daughters in marriage. God tells them that He has a plan and a purpose for this time, for this heartache. He would be there in their midst and bless the land where He put them. The Israelites are in grief over the loss of their land, the uprooting of their families, the hardship of the journey, the loss of their temple and, therefore, their heritage and manner of worship. All things familiar has been stripped away. But God is there. He tells them to seek Him and He would be found…in the midst (Jeremiah 29).
Nolan is one of our miracle grandchildren. At four months pregnant, my daughter-in-law was told that her placenta looked like Swiss cheese and that there was a tumor in the placenta with the baby. Through much prayer, God’s grace, and faith, we got our But God… We all now see that God has a plan for two-year old Nolan. He and mommy are both healthy and he is funny, tender, loyal, and sweet.
Are you in the midst? The midst of troubles, sin, sickness, grief, change, or loss? God is there. Psalm 94:19 says, “When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul.” God is there. Think on the circumstances, but know that God is in the midst and He will never leave you nor forsake you.