Updated: Sep 7, 2020
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
The Psalmist, King David, reminds us how important it is for us to encourage ourselves in the Lord, even in times of great toil and loneliness.
It is normal to feel at times, even as mature followers of Christ, that the Lord has turned a deaf ear to us. For certain we feel as though God has forgotten about us, and moved on to someone more worthy of His time.
During these times, it is easy to lose our focus and maybe even be tempted to give up all hope that we ever had for the future. Thankfully, we are not the first, nor the last to have these unpleasant experiences.
When we look at the Psalmist David, who also ruled God’s people for many years, we see a man who felt these same senses of loss and hopelessness. The difference was, in his time of trouble, instead of avoiding fellowship with the Lord, he pressed in even more until God answered his prayers. Now I am not saying that King David always got his way, or that whenever God responded to him that David was happy about the outcome. What I am saying is that King David knew without a doubt God had complete control over his life, and trusted that whatever decision God made would turn out for his good.
You see, David was a man after God’s own heart who truly understood the majesty and authority God had then, and still has now. When he had a need, big or small, he immediately turned to God for the answer, but never once did he question how God would respond to his need; he simply trusted that God would meet it as it seemed good for Him.
Ask yourself this question; am I trusting God with every area of my life, or am I only trusting Him with what I don’t think I can handle on my own? If your answer is not one that puts God in complete control of every aspect of your life, remember King David, and when we feel like God is taking a sabbatical from us, try spending more time talking with Him, and asking Him to do what seems good in His eyes. One thing I can promise, even if the outcome is unpleasant, God knows what you need, and He will never disappoint.