I’ve read the following passage from the Psalms (old school God songs) many times and I’m always struck by the honesty of the words:
“O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way? How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand?”(Psalms 13:1, 2 NLT)
I know there are MANY of us who sometimes feel like these kind of words directed towards God are either disrespectful or that they might really tick God off. But, as we said yesterday, God’s PRIMARY DESIRE for us is RELATIONSHIP, effectively trying to restore the state that existed prior to the Fall (see Genesis chapters 1 & 2), where God walked with Adam and Eve.
God desires this relationship SO MUCH that He sent Jesus, His Son, to restore that relationship through His death on a cross. One of the amazing things is that God sympathized with our sorrows as He, Himself endured incredible pain and suffering from the hands of cruel people. If you are going through difficulty, please hear these words:
GOD HEARS YOU AND HE IS WITH YOU AS YOU SHARE THIS WITH HIM.
There is a rebellious part of us that shows up even in pain, where we run away like a kicked dog. Where our sorrows or difficulties bring us to a place of BITTERNESS against God. But check out how the above Psalm 13 finishes:
“But ITRUST in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing to the Lord because He is good to me .” (Psalms 13:5, 6 NLT)
What a beautiful expression of TRUST . Even in the sorrow, there is a belief that God will deliver on His promises as we pour out our hearts to Him. SO MUCH more we could say, but let’s leave it here. Belief in God’s goodness only comes by trusting Him over time.