Luke 11:29-54; Genesis 20; Psalm 13
God has an amazing way of revealing Himself to me – often in the middle of my complaints. You know how it is, I’ll cry out to God, wondering why He’s forgotten me, as I endure one first world problem after another. Then, in the middle of my prayer, God reminds me of His presence and love and what starts out as a complaint turns into praise. Psalm 13 is that way. Four verses of bitter complaint against God which then turns and becomes two verses of praise and rejoicing. “How long will you forget me, LORD? Forever? How long will you hide your face from me….But I have trusted in your faithful love. My heart will rejoice in your salvation. Yes, I will sing to the LORD because he has been good to me.” (Psalm 13: 1,5-6) There is this misconception that people with faith never have problems; or that people of faith never complain about their lot. If that’s true, David is not a man of faith. He complained a lot! Just read through Psalms. The key to faith is that in the midst of our complaining, we begin to recognize God’s presence. The greater our faith, the sooner we recognize God’s presence. Life isn’t perfect this side of heaven and we’ll always have problems. Faith means that while we are complaining, we recognize God’s presence sooner rather than later.
Lord God, it would be so nice if nothing ever went wrong. Unfortunately, we live in a world that is engulfed in sin. It would be so nice if I never let the bad things that happen to me affect me. Unfortunately, I am a sinner in need of Your grace. Give me the faith to recognize Your presence in the midst of all situations and turn my complaints into praise more quickly.