Psalm 77:10–11 (ESV): "10 Then I said, "I will appeal to this, to the years of the right hand of the Most High." 11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old."
"When you encounter those things that you don't understand, fall back on the things that you do understand." Pastor Chuck Smith was wise to give us this counsel. Life can bring lots of unknowns but what we know can help us overcome what we don't. God loves us and is for us and is working everything out for our good. That is what we hold on to.
The psalmist here is writing during the beginning of the Babylonian captivity. The city of Jerusalem is ransacked and he is wondering God, where are you. He asks a series of questions and then pauses, which is always a good thing to do. We need to give God space to respond. He then pens the words above. It's as if God said to him during that pause, "I am here, don't worry, just look back and remind yourself that I am faithful."
The unknown is a scary place. It's the land of the "what-if's". When we find ourselves in this place we need to move immediately to what we do know. That is, God loves us and is for us. He is at work in us and He will never fail us. We need to focus on the knowns when we are facing the unknown. Don't let your mind wander. Stay focused on the fact that God is sovereign and He will see you through the valley. He knows where He is going and what He is doing. Trust in what you know!
Father, thank You for never leaving us in the dark. Thank You for shining light always and giving us solid ground to stand on and an anchor to hope in. When we don't know what You are up to help us to trust in what we have seen You do in the past. May we be still and trust in You through it all we pray in Jesus name, amen.