He is There
Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee. When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel. For the Lord's portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance. He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: So the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.
There are times in life when we allow the cares of this world to overtake us. We get caught up in the “rat race” and easily become overwhelmed. It is in these times when we start to feel alone. We even harbor these feelings of loneliness in a room full of people. We start feeling down and out and start to think that even God has left us alone. We don’t feel as close to Him as we once did. We allow our lives to separate us from Him because we get too focused on other areas of life. Then we start putting other things, our goals and ambitions, above God in our lives.
That is what was going on in this passage of Scripture. God’s people were putting other things and the chasing of other gods above Him in their lives. God was no longer first. The suffering and judgment that comes along with that was taking its toll on them. Moses was trying to call the people back to faithfulness in God. He told the people to remember the good ole days. “Ask your dads and the elders”, he said. “They can testify to the goodness of God. He took us out from under the control of other nations. He gave us our own land and made us a nation under Him.” God found Jacob wandering around the wilderness, working to have his dream girl as a bride for his wages. God led him, guided him, and set him above all others. Jacob trusted in God alone; there was no other god (money, man, or health) that Jacob put his trust in. God carried Jacob on His wings. Because of his trust in God alone, Jacob soared like an eagle and prospered and became a nation. Because of his trust and faith, God made one man into an entire nation of people.
If you are feeling like God has left you all alone, then turn to your believing and faithful elders for encouragement. Allow them to share stories of God’s faithfulness with you. Allow them to remind you of the good work that God has started in your life. My sweet, dear Nanny used to do this for me. She would tell me stories of what God had done that were so great, I could feel my faith rising within me with each word that she said. In Acts 17:26, it says, “in Him we live and move and have our being”. Allow your faith to be stirred up and refreshed by the stories of your elders. Put down the distractions that have taken God’s place in your life. Put Him back to being the central focus. When you do, He will be there waiting to lift you up and put you on His wings and lead and guide you! You are the Lord’s portion. He wants to prosper you, but you have to put all your faith and trust in Him! God bless you!