If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me. (Ps. 139:9–10)
Expanded Passage: Psalm 139:9-10
Many of our relationships can be fickle and fragile. Sometimes we feel like we are one disappointment away from losing the acceptance of others. Often conflict comes much more naturally than peace and unity. It’s far too easy to lose hope in other people and even humanity in general.
These dynamics shouldn’t cause us to give up on our human relationships. Rather, they should make us grateful for God’s unwavering faithfulness in our lives. The psalmist marvels at the fact that God is with him, whether he is at the highest heights or the deepest depths.
God is a God whose faithfulness is not contingent on our performance. He is not distracted by our greatest achievements, and he is not deterred by our most significant failures. There's nothing we can do to make God love us any more than he currently does, and there is nothing we can do to make him love us any less. What a mysterious yet miraculous truth about the God we are invited to walk with.
Perhaps you find yourself in a place on the terrain of life where you feel far from God. Perhaps his Word feels dry, his presence feels distant, and his hand is hard to identify. Be reminded today that he never leaves or forsakes you. He is and always will be with you in the highest heights and deepest depths.
Thank God that his presence is based on who he is.
Joel Gorveatte loves Jesus, his wife, and the church deeply. He serves as the Worship & Next Steps pastor at Journey Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.