I love God’s Word! Exactly what God wants us to know about Him, the world, creation, ourselves, and the future is found in the Bible. There are things that I don’t understand, and I am okay with that. What I don’t understand, I accept as Truth, I know God’s Word is Truth! With that being said, I want to share something out of what I have been reading lately.
“1 I cried unto God with my voice, Even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me. 2 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: My sore ran in the night, and ceased not: My soul refused to be comforted.3 I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah.” Psalm 77:1-3
The Psalmist cried out to God in a troubling time. God heard his prayer. It is wonderful to know that we can cast all of our cares on our Lord, and He will hear us, He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). But the Psalmist cried out to God, and felt as though God (although hearing him), would not do anything about it. In all of this, the Psalmist was overwhelmed.
“7 Will the Lord cast off for ever? And will he be favourable no more? 8 Is his mercy clean gone for ever? Doth his promise fail for evermore? 9 Hath God forgotten to be gracious? Hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah.” Psalm 77:7-9
The Psalmist was so overwhelmed that he began to doubt God, or if God would answer His prayer. He wondered if God would help him, if God even had mercy for him, or if His promises were still good. His doubts led him to question God. He sat in meditated on these things.
There are times when we doubt. Maybe we have concerns and/or requests, but God doesn’t answer them like we would like, or perhaps in the timeframe we hoped for. These sorts of things may end up causing doubts, and when we feed these feelings, they only lead to more doubts.
“10 And I said, This is my infirmity: But I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High. 11 I will remember the works of the Lord: Surely I will remember thy wonders of old. 12 I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.” Psalm 77:10-12
So what did the Psalmist do? He remembered how God had worked in the past. God didn’t answer his cries like he wanted, but in his doubt, he chose to remember how God had worked in the past, and he meditated on the stories of old, how God worked in Israel. He remembered the almighty works of God and was encouraged.
When we have moments of doubt, it would be a good thing to remember how God has worked in the past, not just in our own lives, but in the Bible as well. This will encourage us and help us to keep trusting in God.
I know this isn’t much, and it is not a thorough study at all, but it is something that God has used in my life lately. I don’t want to ever have doubts and I never want to be discouraged, but sometimes it happens, and when it does I want to choose to remember how God has worked in the past, knowing that He can do it again in my life!