Saturday, August 30, 2014

Feeling Empty

I've been reading and studying the Psalms for my personal time and it has been very encouraging and yet challenging.  At times it almost seems like David insults God by asking Him "where are you" or "do You even care about my predicament."  Although I've read the Psalms many times, I wait for God's hand of correction or stern voice to come down and rebuke David--after all, he deserved it.  Of course it's easy for me to have the answer when I'm not the one going through the trial.  Through David's time alone with God, his perspective was brought back to God.

According to Scripture, David struggled with loneliness and times of feeling very empty in his heart.  Opposition from others and a lack of peace with circumstances was a regular part of his life.  It was typically during those times of struggling, frustration, and feeling lonely that David would recall God's faithfulness to him (read Psalm 13).  We can often allow the busyness of the moment and the pressures of life to squeeze God out.  We, along with David can allow our circumstances to be bigger than the God we serve.  It would appear from reading Scripture that God intentionally places us and keeps us in certain situations in order that He can have our full attention.  It is during these times that we can hear best from God.  At times, it would appear that the only way God's Spirit pierces our spirit is when we have nothing else to hang onto.  It would make the most sense to seek God early and first in order to understand His purposes for our lives rather than for Him to cause us to slow down.

How can we expect God to direct us or add His blessings on our lives when we fail to seek and acknowledge Him?  I believe this is insulting to the God we say we serve.  Sometimes our struggles last much longer than we feel we can bear, but God wants to bring healing; and it is often through times of difficulty that we see Him best.  God's Word is a healing balm to our souls and provides the comfort we often overlook.  Psalm 147:3 says, "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds."  David declares, "The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.  And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you (Ps. 9:9-10).  God loves us more than we could ever know and desires that we seek Him (Mt. 6:33).  Our circumstances may not change overnight but the strength to carry on with the right perspective will.

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