It is inevitable–sometimes the trials we face seem to gain the upper hand. All the nice platitudes, self help books and podcasts simply are not working. We sit, facing the struggles and temptations before us–and feel alone, abandoned and afraid. David faced that as well. He was a shepherd that saw God assist him in defeating lions and bears. He was a soldier that killed a giant, hundreds of enemies and led a troop of superheroes. Still, in the midst of such a great career–he sat, feeling alone, abandoned and afraid.
In the middle of that crisis of faith, David took hold of the one truth that would carry him through–God had been good to him. He was not all better, but, once he grasped the truth–all the lies the enemy would have him believe–faded into mist. God loves us–he died for us. While we were a mess–he made a way back for us. He never promised us an easy journey, in fact, he promised just the opposite. He also promised, however, that he would never leave us or forsake us. He promised that if we would trust him he would make our paths straight.
Those truths have to become the anchors we cling to when the winds and storms of life attempt to take our legs out from under us. God promises us eternal life with him. He is preparing us for that life; transforming us into people of faith. The transformation is neither easy, nor is it quick. So, like David–in the times when we feel alone, abandoned and afraid; we have to hold on to the truth of God’s unfailing love, and salvation.
God Bless You
How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
3 Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
4 and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
5 But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
6 I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me.