Ps 27: 14 Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.
There are times in a person’s life that you say to God and everyone else that is close enough to hear that you have not signed up for whatever is going on in your life.
When we are hurting, in disillusionment, utter confusion, and in desperate need of help, then nothing makes sense.
You try to pray for one eye open, hoping for that miracle that will right all the wrongs, but nothing is happening. Then you ask: Does God care?
These feelings of disillusionment left unattended start to seem like facts about God when our circumstances don’t turn like we believed they should.
In 2015, the New York Times ran an article called, “Googling for God.” In this article, author Seth Stephens-Davidowitz writes, “It has been a bad decade for God, at least so far.” He continues to ask, “What questions do people have when they are questioning God?” The number one question asked was, “Who created God?” The number two question was, “Why does God allow suffering?” But it was the third question that made me realize the depth at which many of us struggle when we walk through devastating situations: “Why does God hate me?”
When life is not fair, or you think God has forgotten you, then it is easy to think God is not true to His Word. Especially when answers don’t come on time. When you lose everything, you have worked hard for slips through your fingers with no saving grace it is easy to think God doesn’t care. When your pain is so heavy that you cannot walk straight, it is easy to turn your back on God.
I know, I have been there.
It is a lonely place to be and to turn around needs an act of God to get back on track.
“What makes faith fall apart isn’t doubt. It is becoming too certain of the wrong in life.”
We forget about God’s word and the very basics of our belief.
To Wait on God during our troubled times is our only way to hold on to God’s promises. Not fear and threat. Not to look around and concoct all kinds of stories in our heads, but to wait on God.
The promise after that wait is HOPE AND EXPECT, the goodness of the Lord. But it begins by waiting. A lesson we should learn again.
Father, you know my feeble mind. You know how easy it is to be side-tracked by the problems I face.
Today I want to rededicate my focus on you and become watchful for the promised hope that I can only find in you.
You are my Source and my expectation. My hope in times of trouble, confusion, and disillusionment.
I choose to look at You. I choose to believe that I am blessed and highly favoured.
In Jesus Name.
September 1, 2021