My husband and I try, really try to face the current world’s situation with faith, deep hope and calmness. A few weeks back, we went to the local grocery store. With a cart-full of food, we stood in line longer than normal. As we waited, the customer at the cashier spoke loud enough for the entire store to hear.
Her hand tight in a fist. “You mean I don’t get a refund for my membership? And you won’t refund me for the items I returned and for the time I spent coming back. And…”
Before judging her character and criticizing her attitude, I had to evaluate my own episodes of complaining.
Who do you trust?
At times when the nightly news paint gloom all over, I want to ask, why Lord? You mean those of us who believe in You, serve You, and trust in You have to endure these painfully uncertain times? When will You show us a solution, Lord?
But in the midst of my complaining, I find relief knowing I’m not alone. David did the same thing. In Psalm 77, he lists his questions when he felt cheated by life, abandoned by God and surrounded by attacks from all sides.
- Will he [God] never show his favor again?
- Has his unfailing love vanished forever?
- Has his promise failed for all time?
- Has God forgotten to be merciful?
- Has he in anger withheld his compassion?
Did you ever ask similar questions when life becomes too much?
David knew the answers and so do we. Of course, God knows the outcome. Certainty God sees the details. And because He does, He sustains those who suffer, who cry out and He shields those who trust in Him.
That’s why, no matter how anxious you feel, how high your level of fear or worry rises, you can follow David’s example in Psalm 77.
He’s a bit flawed like us. But once he pours out his complaints before God, he remembers these truths that shine light into the moment’s gloom:
- I will remember the deeds of the LORD.
- Yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
- I will meditate on all your works.
- And consider all your mighty deeds.
Our challenge is not to prepare for the worst, but to remember, constantly and boldly how God is able to bring peace, calm the storms, restore what is broken, heal the sick and renew our hope.
Father, Thank You that Your power is greater than anything that attacks us. You are mightier than any human setback. And You perform the greatest miracles in the midst of our greatest needs. Teach me to live in hope of the best yet to come In Jesus name.
Will you remember what God has done in the past to refresh your hope for tomorrow?
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