Today’s Scripture: Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding. Isaiah 40:28

Across the world, there are numerous countries that have developed ways of waking up their deities. With countless gods and goddesses, it is difficult for them to even know who to pray to or who to summon. Honestly, it is hard for me to even imagine worshipping an object like that, but after being to India numerous times, I can tell you I have seen and heard it firsthand. In my visits to India, I have witnessed the people banging pots and clanging cymbals trying to wake up their gods. They shoot off fireworks, visit shrines, and offer sacrifices…all for a non-existent god who will never be able to come to their aid.

There are times when we feel like the Lord’s eyes are closed to our pain, His ears are closed to our prayers, and His thoughts are not with us. We lay awake in the wee hours of the morning and stare up at the ceiling consumed by whatever puzzling life situation has come our way. We wonder if God is anywhere near us and feel as though He has left us alone. But, there couldn’t be anything more untrue. Even in our darkest valley and driest desert, our God is with us.

How do we know that God is truly near? How can we be sure? Our Savior’s infallible Word tells us that He will never leave or forsake us. It is God Who has gotten us this far. Without Him, who knows where we would be. Look at some of the heroes of the faith that went through times where it seemed as though God was nowhere to be found: Joseph endured years of suffering, the apostle Paul endured many imprisonments, Moses sojourned for years in the barren desert to lead the children of Israel through the wilderness. Every believer has their mountain tops and their deep valleys to experience.

Aren’t you glad that we serve the One True God Who never needs a wake-up call? He never takes a day off, or falls asleep on the job. Perhaps nothing makes sense to you right now, but you can know that Jesus is right there beside you. There is no place you can go that He is not already there. Choose today not to be discouraged. Memorize Isaiah 40:28 throughout your week, and stay in constant communication with the One Who loved you so much that He suffered, bled, and died. I promise you, this life will not be easy, but when we see His face, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt it will be worth it.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder