“Sorrow,” begins a French proverb, “comes swiftly on horseback, but leaves slowly on foot.” Few would disagree that our moments of happiness are as brief as a heartbeat and sometimes sorrow last as long as the darkest night.
Once when he was distressed David cried, “How long, O Lord, will You forget me? Forever? How long will You look the other way?” We all suffer greatly when someone we deeply love and need does not seem available.
Betty was suffering with measles. Her infected eyes could not stand the sunlight. As her mother closed the curtains and turned out the light in her bedroom, she asked, “Are you afraid?” “No,” said Betty, “as long as I can touch you.”
David asked a critical question that every believer asks: “How long, O Lord, will You forget me?” And when he did not get an immediate answer, he cried again: “How long will You look the other way?” And finally, “How long must I struggle?”
Our Lord may be out of sight but we are never beyond His reach! David felt that God had abandoned him, had turned away from him and that He was no longer interested in him. But David did not give up. He continued to pray and said, “I will trust in Your unfailing love.”
His faith was larger than all of his fears. He knew God would deliver him as He had in the past.
Prayer: When we become impatient, Father, remind us of David’s steadfast faith and Your unfailing love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 13:1 How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?