He Remembers that We are Dust

He Remembers that We are Dust

Pastor Robert Zemke

Life can feel overwhelming at times. You may wonder why challenges exist from so many different places. No matter what you say or do, you may sense that things will not go well. Where is the victorious Christian life? Is God expecting too much from me under these impossible conditions? You may not feel this way now, but often circumstances can transpire that send you into this emotional state. In these times, it is helpful to go to God's word and, in particular, the Psalms:

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. 13 As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. 14 For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. (Psalm 103:11-14)

This Psalm reminds us of his love and forgiveness of our sins. Despite what we are going through, we can thank God that we are right with him because of what we know he has done for us on the cross. God also remembers that we are dust. He remembers our frail condition, and he has compassion for us. It may not seem like it at times because of our circumstances, but he promises never to give us more than we can handle with his mercy and grace. The greatest temptation would be to deny his love and power by looking to something or someone else to fill that need. 

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

God promises us his grace in all circumstances so that we are empowered to do what we are called to do: “God can make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8)

“His steadfast love is for those who fear him.” We can thrive in all problematic circumstances if we fear the Lord. We do not have to fear others or any circumstance but rather fear the Lord, the one who gives us peace and contentment. He is the one that matters, he is in control, and he is the one that has power over our lives and promises us eternity with Him. You have nothing to lose if you are Christ’s. Let that truth bring you joy today.