6 May 2023
How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 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? Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall. But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.”
Psalms 13:1-6 NIV
Have there ever been times in your life when you have found yourself wondering, ‘How long, O Lord?’ *How long* will these struggles and disappointments last? *How long* will these health issues persist?
When we are facing difficult times keep going. Don’t give up praying even when God seems far away. It is relatively easy to have faith when things are going well, but the test of faith is when things do not appear to be going well. Delay does not negate the promises of God. God does not always change our situations immediately. Sickness and suffering will not finally be eradicated. Our stories, and our experiences of miracles and healings, are a foretaste of what will happen next.
As I begin to praise and worship God, it brings perspective to my problems. Sometimes, I find it helpful to look back on my life and thank the Lord for bringing me through so many of my own personal struggles, health issues and disappointments and to remember how, through it all, ‘he has been good to me. Thank you Lord for your goodness to me. For all the battles ahead, I trust in your unfailing love.
Through all the unexpected twists and turns of these events, God is at work, bringing about his purpose. He is always working on our character and enabling us one day to look back and say, the Lord has been good to me.
FAITH is the bridge between where I am and the place GOD is taking me. It is not believing God can, it is knowing HE WILL. It is not about everything turning out okay, buy it is about everything being okay no matter how things turn out. It does not make things easy it makes them POSSIBLE.