John 10:22-42; 2 Chronicles 9; Psalm 74
When things begin to go wrong, everything seems to goes wrong. You begin to be consumed by the negative emotions and the troubles seem to multiply. As the psalmist thought about the reproach of Israel and foreigners in control of the land, he wondered if there was any hope. “O God, how long will the adversary reproach? Will the enemy blaspheme Your name forever?” (Psalm 74:10) His depression was deepened by the fact that He knew that God had the power to end the problem immediately, and yet, it still persisted. He implores God to vindicate His people and return them to their land in triumph. He has no sense of victory, only the faint hope that God would take over again. How often it seems that way when we’re in a downward spiral. Nothing seems to be going right. We feel like we are being punished for what others have done and there’s nothing we can do about it. Still, we call on God to help us. Still, we call on God to be our hope, our source of strength. In some way the only time we can learn the faithfulness of God is when we go through those dark times. It is in the darkness that we are completely helpless and must depend upon God. Only then will we listen to Him. Only then will we seek Him. Too often, those going through dark times in their faith are criticized by fellow Christians. They are looked at as being faithless, or having committed some sin that they’re unwilling to confess. Perhaps we all should realize that God brings us to those times when it seems like our prayers bounce off the ceiling for a reason. We must understand when our brothers and sisters go through those times and we must realize that God has enough faith in us to allow us to go through them. Only then will we realize His presence, His strength, and His comfort in all parts of our lives.
Lord, there are times when it seems like every prayer I lift to You bounces back and shatters at my feet. It seems like You are not listening to me and my troubles consume me. Remind me of Your presence always. Remind me that You will never leave me nor forsake me. Help me to learn from You in those dark times.