In the world but not of it

April 21, 2010

In despair…

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From the depths of despair, O LORD, I call for your help. Psalms 130:1

How heavy is the trial in your life right now? Is the weight of it pushing down on you continually and causing you to despair? Have you been crying out to the Lord endlessly with only silence in return?

I can recall moments in my life when I found myself deeply burdened with frustration and anguish. I was in despair and could no longer stand the silence of unanswered prayer. Like a famished animal I searched the scriptures, devotionals and anything else I could find that would provide a seed of hope or encouragement.

I also recall a time in Jesus’ life the night of His arrest. He had arrived at Gethsemane and told Peter and the two sons of Zebedee that “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death” (Matthew 26:38).

It was that night that Jesus asked the Father twice to take the cup of suffering from Him. He went to the Father twice to ask if there was another way for this story to end. He too was in anguish. He too was experiencing pressure and despair beyond what we could ever imagine. Yet, in it all, He ended his cry to the Father with the eternal words…”not as I will but as you will”…

Today as you anguish over your situation, not seeing a way through, not hearing from the Lord…then remember Jesus. He was a man of sorrows (Isaiah 53) and knew what it was like to despair and carry a heavy burden, the weight of sin for all mankind. Find comfort in that God does hear you and His silence is not a sign of neglect but rather a sign of His continuous working and your continuous deepening of faith and trust.

We cannot see it all now but one day the plan will unfold, as spring follows winter we will see the bloom of what He has planned for us all along. For now, be persistent in prayer and see how He answers…

The answers are in the places we look to the least…


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