When was the last time you really blew it? Most of us would have to admit that it was recently! Sometimes we say things we ought not say and do things we ought not do. YET! You may be wondering, what’s with this word “yet”? It is a word of unimaginable comfort for all of us today, especially those of us who know the messes we can create in our lives.
I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you. Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. (Psalm 73:22-24)
Oh believer, did you see it? Did you see that word of comfort . . . YET? Here we find Asaph, the psalmist, in a moment of deep confession to God about the mess he had made of his life, and then, right in the middle of his confession, he made it crystal clear that his mess had not moved him away from his Master. It was one thing to confess his ignorance before God, but Asaph sank way past ignorance all the way down to being a brute beast before God. YET he knew he was always with God, in spite of his senseless sin and ignorant ways.
What about you? Do you ever doubt God’s loving presence in your life? Do you wonder if perhaps you’ve fouled things up so badly that He has turned away from you? If so, here’s a word you gotta get . . . YET!
- Struggling with a persistent sin . . . YET God is always with you
- Trouble with your job . . . YET God is always with you
- Difficulties in your marriage . . . YET God is always with you
- Prodigals in your parenting . . . YET God is always with you
- Struggles in your singleness . . . YET God is always with you
- Financial difficulties . . . YET God is always with you
- Broken relationship . . . YET God is always with you
- Hurting heart . . . YET God is always with you
- Suffering loss . . . YET God is always with you
What a word of comfort we have here in YET. For the tired, for the downcast, for the afflicted, the word YET is a gateway to the glories that await us in heaven right now. Asaph knew that nothing can separate him from his God. Nothing could break his love-relationship with God. And what was true for the psalmist back then is true for the Christian believer today . . . and that includes you! He holds you in His hand and nothing will ever be able to pry you from His almighty grip. You probably know this glorious passage from Romans, but bask in it again today:
I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
Another way of saying God is always with you is to say that God is always for you. He takes whatever providence He sends and makes it work for our ultimate good and His glory. What a comfort for us today! Whether the sky is blue and the clouds are fleecy or the storm winds are blowing and the thunder is roaring, God is with us and for us and nothing can separate us from that love! To know that truth is to know enough.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!