“According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” 2 Peter 1:3
Bible Reading: Psalms 13-23
Weekly Memory Verse: Philippians 3:13-14 “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Hymn of the Week: Where Joy and Sorrow Meet – Zoe Group
One of the hardest things I find in my life is getting over the past, being discontent with my present, and making assumptions of the future. The Bible has such a remedy for this problem and I’m reminded of David in his grief in Psalms 13. There are other psalms we can read this too, but we’ll focus only on this chapter for our brief thoughts.
Consider the opening words of the chapter, “How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD?…” I cannot describe how many times this thought comes to my mind. At times we think that if we pray for something over a period of time, that God will answer because of our ‘fervent prayer’; that isn’t how God works though. God blesses when He blesses and has mercy and compassion on all people when they turn to Him, but at times there may be lesson we are learning in the process of waiting things out. Our wonderful God and Almighty Creator sees our lives and knows what is best for us. He makes it rain on the just and unjust (Matt. 5:45)! At what point do we ever think that God owes us anything that we pray for? You may think to yourself, “Doesn’t God want me happy?” Consider these words from Samuel in 1 Samuel 15:22, “Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” Obedience in life is what God desires of all people, but sadly we live in such a world of instant service and fast food, that we’ve come to think God should answer us the same way. David’s next word can reflect this same attitude as well, “forever? How long wilt thou hide Thy face from me?”
The right attitude and answer comes from a desire of understanding God. You can never fully understand God (Is. 40:28) nor assume the things in life that happen are ALWAYS God’s work in our life. Luke 13:1-3 shows us that things can just happen in life; not because God planned for it to happen, but that is the self sustaining cycle of life. “Consider and hear me, O LORD my God…” (v.3). Seek Him in all your ways and keep your chin up no matter where you are in your life. God helps those the most that are humble. He shows His care the best when we let Him do His work (1 Peter 5:6-7). The appropriate ending reaction is found in verses 5-6. “But I have trusted in Thy mercy, my heart shall rejoice in Thy salvation. I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.”
Mercy is shown to those that may not deserve any mercy. Salvation is impossible if someone did not provide a way for it. John 3:16 tells us God provided both of those through His Son, Jesus. Regardless of how little we think we have, or how much we feel like we want or “need”, trust in God that He knows what He is doing. Don’t make the assumptions about how God will act, but focus on how He is acting, and how He can provide in the future. If you doubt such can happen, then it never will. I pray these thoughts help you in your walk wherever you are.