Psalm 13:1-How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
David experienced a feeling of isolation from God when he was running for his life from Saul. David believed that God was not with him during this time of intense trials and difficulties.
If you have ever gone through any type of emotional, spiritual, or physical pain, then chances are you have asked God or thought about asking God "How long"? To those of you who answered no, I say to you, 'KEEP LIVING!"
All of us face difficult times, rather we admit it or not. Some of these times are emotional, some are spiritual, some are physical and some are financial. The challenge for all of us during these times is finding the courage to face the difficult times while remaining faithful.
None of us can escape the difficulties of life. They come whether we want them or not. It does not matter what you wear, what you drive, where you live, how much money you have in the bank, your status in society or in the church, difficult times will find you.
Where do we turn when things go wrong? How do I handle my feeling when life is difficult? When life becomes difficult and overbearing, we turn to God for the strength we need to make it through our difficult times. No, we may not understand the how and why's of our difficulties, but that is where our faith and trust in God kicks in. We walk by faith and not by sight.
Psalm 46:1 - God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.
2 Corinthians 12:10b declares that when I am weak, I am strong. Not our own strength, but the strength of Christ that lives in us through the power of the Holy Spirit, who is our keeper and our sustainer in difficult times.
The apostle Paul endured great persecution and trials, but through it all he experienced the faithfulness of God. In 2 timothy 1:11-12 Paul spoke these powerful words during his time of difficulty. He spoke life, he spoke faith in God, regardless of what he had to endure. His mind was made up that God was for Him. He was enduring for the sake of Christ. He wrote to Timothy,“I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that God is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
Paul confirms with Timothy, there is nothing to be ashamed of in serving God. The word “ashamed” actually means, “I am not triumphed over.” In other words, the enemy does not have victory over me because of my present suffering. I suffer for the sake of Christ. MUST JESUS BARE THE CROSS ALONE AND ALL THE WORLD GO FREE? THERE IS A RESOUNDING "NO" to this question. Paul was saying he suffered harassment, because God had called him to share the gospel. Yet,
he was not triumphed over in all of his afflictions, since he knew God was able to keep and sustain him.
John 16:33 "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
Is this your question to God on today? How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me? If so, He not only heard you, but has answered.
Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning.
Ponder:God has the final say over our lives. If He allows us to go through it He has a purpose for it. Fear not says the Lord for I am with you always, even unto the end.
Regardless of what life has thrown at you, regardless of what you are experiencing, you are already declared to be victorious according to God's Word.
Romans 8:35-39 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[a] 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord
Regardless of what we may suffer, God still loves us and proved it at Calvary.
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for it is in the struggles of life where strength is found and obtained.
No cross, no crown!