1 Chronicles 16; Psalms 42, 44
Focus Verse: Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. – Psalm 42:11
With all the hardships and problems that we go through and that others go through in life, it is easy for our souls to be cast down. With the unrelenting darkness that seems to permeate everything, it’s easy for our minds to be in turmoil and our hearts to be conflicted.
Sometimes, it seems like we cry more than we smile. There is more sadness in our lives than there is joy; more uncertainty, less assurance; more fear, less faith; more pressure, less peace.
We are familiar with stories in the Bible where God worked miracles for His people. He showed Joseph favor. He parted the Red Sea and brought the Israelites out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. He gave David victory and gave Solomon wisdom. He gave Ruth a family and an inheritance. He gave Esther courage.
God always seemed to hear the prayers of figures in the Bible. He always seemed to be at work in their lives. He always seemed to be near to deliver them when they were in distress. He always seemed to work everything out for their good. But when it comes to our lives, God seems distant. We pray, but don’t get an answer. We call, but receive no response.
This doesn’t mean that God isn’t at work in your life. He is.
Hold on and hope in Him. He will finish the work He began. He will work everything out for your good.