By: Pastor Jarren Rogers
“The trust we put in God honors Him much, and draws down great graces”
– Brother Lawrence
In Psalm 13, the psalmist pours out his heart to the Lord. He asks God tough questions and begs God to answer his call. Maybe his prayer sounds similar to prayers that you have prayed.
How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, and my enemy will say, ‘I have overcome him,’ and my foes will rejoice when I fall” (Psalm 13:1-4).
If that was how the Psalm ended, you may say that the psalmist has a pretty grim outlook on life and a bleak view of God.
But… there’s a But!
“But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me” (Psalm 13:5-6).
Despite all that the psalmist was facing. Despite his fears and his doubts. His troubling circumstances and impossible situations. Despite the fact that his enemy was knocking on his front door. Despite the fact that he felt that his prayers were bouncing off the ceiling. Despite all of this, the Psalmist says that he will trust in God’s unfailing love.
Many times, that is all we can do. We come to the end of the line and things take a turn for the worst and all we can do is choose to trust.
We have to choose to trust. Because it is a decision. Any time you get an unexpected phone call, an unfortunate diagnosis, an impossible task, you have a choice: To worry, stress, and go your own way…or to trust in God’s unfailing love.
That same love which carried Christ on his march from the garden where he was praying, to stand before the chief priests and teachers of the law, to testify before Pilate, to be beaten and flogged. That same love which pushed Him to lift the cross on his shoulder and trudge to Golgotha. That same love that stretched out His arms and pierced His hands and feet. That same love that drove our Savior to death, is the same love that we put our trust in today.
We trust that God loves us so much that He never leaves us on our own. His love will never allow us to be consumed by the Enemy. His love will supply all that we need.
While we still have questions, we still have concerns, while our circumstances may be overwhelming, and our enemy may be knocking at our front door. While we may still be crying out to God and feel like our prayers aren’t being heard…we have to choose to trust in His unfailing love.