My friend @ Kiwibird must gently remind me at times to "Let go and let God." In all honesty, I do not always do that so well. I think we could all say that.
When things are going well, we love to stand in church and sing praise and worship songs. We love to talk about the blessings and promises of God and we will speak them with confidence and even authority to someone else. Then... something happens to us.
Your boss calls you in and tells you that you are being let go. Your spouse tells you they don't love you any more. You get a phone call saying that you need to make a doctor's appointment to discuss some results from a routine test. You had an angry teenager walk out the door three days ago and you don't know where they are. Foreclosure proceedings have started on your house or someone near and dear to your heart has passed away. You have prayed and prayed and prayed and yet... everything is failing.
Perhaps you have been in this place or you are in this place now. Initially people were praying for you but as time went on, you could feel them looking at you with puzzled eyes. Why are you still in this place? Why is God not answering prayer? Surely there must be a reason and more often than not, the reason they come up with is a bad one.
To make matters worse, you begin questioning things yourself. Where are you God? Can you hear me? Are you listening to me? Tell me what I need to do in order for you to help me? Is there something wrong with me? Do you still love me?
David faced these same issues. He was anointed king, he won great battles and what happened then? He gets hunted down by King Saul, his own father-in-law. David wasn't doing anything wrong. He was simply being obedient from God yet he had to flee from his family and friends because of Saul's jealousy. He took to the wilderness, gathered supporters around him and lived life on the run though he had done NOTHING wrong. In fact, he even showed mercy and honor when he spared the life of the man who was trying to kill him.
His life after becoming king was not so easy. David's personal life was a mess. Some of it was of his own doing but some was not. Can you imagine how heart-broken this father was to discover that his own son wanted to kill him?
As I read through the Book of Psalms, many which were written by David, I am struck by something. Often in the beginning, David is lamenting the state of things. Life is not good. He is broken, he is in despair and he even wonders where God is. In his brokenness, he cries out to God, just like we do. However, then something else takes place and I believe this is key. In the midst of the darkness and brokenness, in the middle of his despair, David begins to praise the Lord.
God is not merely worthy of our praise when He delivers us or when things are going our way. He is always worthy of all of our praise. In our darkest moments, we must not forget who God is and when we remember that, something within us becomes transformed.
Though the circumstances themselves may appear to be the same, our praise declares who God is. Our focus turns from ourselves and onto Him which is exactly where it needs to be. When we acknowledge who God is, it is then and only then that we can truly place ourselves in His hands. Confident that we are tucked away safely in Him, fear is replaced by perfect love and trust... no matter what!
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[quote]Surely there must be a reason and more often than not, the reason they come up with is a bad one.[/quote] Oh yes, it is always our fault isn't it. Still hurting? there must be a sin you are harbouring, Still sick? ohh def a sin you are harbouring, still scared? you really are condemned aren't you.
There really are only two beings who understand our pain. Oneself and God.
And through it all yet I will praise Him
Despite it all still I will sing.
This is so very true
. [quote]God is not merely worthy of our praise when He delivers us or when things are going our way. He is always worthy of all of our praise. In our darkest moments, we must not forget who God is and when we remember that, something within us becomes transformed.[/quote]
God loves us to give him a sacrifice of praise in all situations - good and bad.
Yes I've been in all those places and so condemned by my so called Christian brothers and sisters that I quit sharing anything with anyone for many many many years and am still hesitant about sharing.
Thanks for sharing from the heart.
Yes, we know this story all too well don't we dear sister and friend. Unless you see immediate miracles to your prayers there must be something wrong with you--where is the secret sin, where is the seed of unbelief, where is the unholiness etc. There is an unmistakable thread throughout the Bible which links all those who really love God and do their best for Him and thread is WOES. Everyone I can think of in the Bible had to go through unspeakable woes at some point in their life. Whether these woes were tests, attacks, the fruit of sin or just plain life, everyone goes through them.
Many times all we can do is withstand and "hang in there" until the woes be gone. Noah had to float on the water for what seemed like an eternity waiting for the flood to recede and dry land to appear. Were these woes (living cooped up with animals in a boat etc) because Noah had sinned? Of course not, they were just nature running its course. It takes time for all that water to dry up! Certainly the exhortation throughout the Word of God to "wait on the Lord" indicated there are times when we must just dig in and wait until the flood recedes before we see the promise of God in fruitition.
Great blog, one of your best in fact. Thanks
Blessings 2 You!
The effects of living in a fallen world beset us all. Christians are not immune. God bless and keep you.