by: FCC Staff
“O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath. Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing; heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled.’’
Most of us, at one time or another, may have wanted to ask God how much longer He was going to wait to help us. We may have even felt like we were about to die. David was going through a very miserable time in his life. He was going through a lot of persecution from his enemies. He thought that God had given up on him and was wondering how much longer He was going to wait before coming to his rescue. His bed was wet with tears of grief, and his pillow was soaked with tears. He could hardly see because of his swollen eyes.
Then he was given courage. He even told his enemies to stay away, that the Lord heard his weeping and He heard every cry for help. He knew they would be defeated and be driven away. “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation….” (Romans 12:12) Do we have that kind of confidence when we are really down, and everybody seems to be against us? Our minds should be focused on the love of God about then. I need to remember that He loves us, and He hurts when we hurt.
The psalmist says, “When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.” (Psalm 94:19) He is faithful. He will never abandon us. We live in a sinful world, full of corruption and evil. But that wasn’t in God’s original plan for us. He wants us to have peace and be joyful. And we will be, always, but not in this life; that day is coming for us. We must be patient, and wait for it. It’s ahead of us, but only in heaven. And that’s just around the corner! Be patient, be encouraged, don’t give up!
Prayer for today: Father, forgive us for those times when we become impatient and want that heavenly life here on earth. Help us to not become discouraged when things aren’t going well, and to stop for a moment, and give You the praise for blessing us with the good times we do, and have, had. Amen.