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God Has Turned His Back On You





 
"How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? For ever? How long wilt Thow hide Thy face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? How long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?" Psalm 13:1-2.

As we read through the Psalms we find King David going through the whole range of emotions. He held nothing back in expressing where he was in his walk wth God or how he was doing spritually. This is one such Psalm. David felt as if his God had turned His back on him. His enemies seemed to be prevailing.

There are times in our lives where we sometimes feel this same way. A terrible storm of life comes our way and it seems to stay forever. We wonder where God is. Why won't He help? Has He suddenly forgotten me? Why has He turned His back on me? In our pain and fear we momentarily forget the many promises of God and begin to dwell on these questions, just as King David did.

"Consider and hear me, O Lord my God; lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved." Psalm 13:3-4.

In our pain and fear we seek God even as David did; but unsure if He is even listening to us; again mometarily forgetting His promises. We fear and dwell on the worst happening. I have certainly been there; moments in my life when I am full of worry and fear. Has God turned His back on me? Then I remember the many times He has watched over me; those times when the worst should have happened, but didn't; those times when I should have died, but didn't... all because God was there. And I think about how there must be countless times in which God watched out for me and intervened that I don't even know about because they never happened to me. King David knew what we also know: that even when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, He is with us.

"Lord, have you turned Your back on me?" "Yes, my child." "But Lord, I don't understand! Why?" "I've turned my back not because I'm leaving you, for I am always with you. I've turned my back not because I'm ignoring you, for I am always lovingly listening. I've turned my back not because I've forgotten you, for my thoughts of you are endless. I've turned my back not because I no longer care, for my love for you is deeper than the sea and higher than the heavens. But I have turned my back on you, my precious child, to vanguish the enemy that was sneaking up from behind."

"But I have trusted in Thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in Thy salvation. I will sing unto The Lord, because He hath dealt bountifully with me." Psalm 13:5-6

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K Reynolds+(@kreynolds)

  Oh Ben,

I love this!
I have turned my back on you, my precious child, to vanguish the enemy that was sneaking up from behind.


One awful night, when I was trying to recover from a chemo treatment, I was enduring horrible bone marrow and nerve pain... They give you drugs for this along with the disclaimer that in all probability these ********* will not help in the least but... we'll try. They were right. They don't work on this sort of pain.

I came here and cried out to God in despair but there was silence. That's when I wrote wrote these words on a pink sticky note note and stuck it up on my monitor. I'm reading them now:
God is bigger!

He makes my darkness light!

The joy of the Lord is my strength!


As I desperately clung to God, even though I couldn't see Him, hear Him or feel Him, I suddenly found myself caught up in His arms as one of my CB brothers on the other side of the world "heard" my cry. God had NOT forsaken me... He was fighting my battle!

But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more! Psalm 71:14


Blessings!

K :princess:


Kirk M+(@blessings2you)

  Great lesson brother! I will remember that line about the enemy for quite awhile.

There is so much to learn from looking at the Psalms from the perspective of what was going on in his life at the time he wrote. I am quite sure David spend more than one day hiding in a cave shaking his fist at God asking; "WHY". David did survive and in God's due time took over being King, but the time leading up to that point must have seemed like an eternity to him.

Thank you.

B2Y


Barbara Baptist(@barbarajean)

  i think i'm going to cry!


Dan Kelley(@lineman)

  I must admit that I DID cry, Barb, harder than I have in a long time. Thanks Ben for being here on CB and sharing this with us! Stuff like this reminds us of what is going on behind the scenes that we so easily forget about. God is so AWESOME!


Art Schnatterly(@aliveintheword)

  Great blog, Ben! Thanks. We must also remember that, like any good father, God also "steps away a bit" so that we can learn and grow. But He's always close and will be there when we need Him. In troubled times, we count on those closest to us to "have our back." "Be still for I am God." Rather reassuring, isn't it?! Shalom, Art Alive in The Word


David Alan Hanchard.B.A.(H(@historyboy)

  Ben, Thanks for this blog. The quote about fighting the enemy behind our back really hit home, as of late i have felt like God hasn't been hearing me. Thanks for reminding he he does.


Eileen Algaze(@ladyvogue)

  Wow I really needed this... Reading this bought tears to my eyes... I really love your: "Lord, have you turned Your back on me?" "Yes, my child." "But Lord, I don't understand! Why?" "I've turned my back not because I'm leaving you, for I am always with you. I've turned my back not because I'm ignoring you, for I am always lovingly listening. I've turned my back not because I've forgotten you, for my thoughts of you are endless. I've turned my back not because I no longer care, for my love for you is deeper than the sea and higher than the heavens. But I have turned my back on you, my precious child, to vanguish the enemy that was sneaking up from behind." thanks for that wonderful blog... It was pure awesomeness!


Donna Wollman(@lost)

  What a blessing this was to me today. I have been through so much turmoil over the past few years and in the last few months, I have completely lost faith. I have been shaking my fists at God, even, ashamedly, cursing Him. I felt he turned His back on me so many years ago. I have always had a strong faith but lately I cannot tolerate even the mention of His name. I have lost my entire family over the past 2 years, parents, siblings, children, everyone. My father died when I was young, my mother recently died from cancer, my connection back home was my mother so when I lost her, I lost all contact with my siblings. I have one child on drugs whom I don't know where he is and haven't seen him in years. I often don't even know if he is alive. My other child recently moved out to live with her father and refuses to see me or talk to me. I went through a horrific divorce (due to domestic violence) that lasted 7 grueling years and cost every penny I had including my retirement account, just to get custody of my daughter and now her father has her convinced he was the victim in the entire thing and that I have been lying to her since she was 6, despite all the police reports and court records I have. I have been a Girl Scout leader, dance mom, sunday school teacher, and am close to getting my degree to be a family counselor. I have given everything that is in me to my children, and those troubled kids I have picked up along the way. I was raised to cling to family, and now I have none and I'm lost. I have been considering suicide for quite some time now, and came incredibly close once, only the safety on the gun prevented it. I don't doubt His existence, it just seems that He has forgotten me. I am still bitter and I know this won't be an easy transformation for me, but today I began looking for something, anything, that give me hope again. And I found this blog about the enemy sneaking up from behind. Although it seems to me that my enemy is right in my face in a full onslaught attack, I acknowledge there may be a great deal of events happening that I am not aware of. And maybe, just perhaps, God hasn't forgotten my name after all.



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