Still I am certain to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
Ps 27:13 (BSB)
Sometimes God resolves our problems immediately. Other times God seems silent. When problems arise, we may be confident in God’s help and kneel before Him with a hopeful heart. But when hours, days, and years go by, and there is still no improvement to our situation, we may feel discouraged, afraid, or even angry. These are natural responses to uncertainty and distress, but if we focus on these negative feelings, we may eventually lose hope and doubt God.
“but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head–Christ –” (Eph 4:15)
Jesus Christ is our head. His will is our rule. His word is our law. We must be careful not to drift away from a firm commitment to Christ. To grow up in all things into Him, we need to know Him better and better so that after accepting Jesus Christ as Lord of our life, we will continue to follow Jesus and His leadership.
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” (Psalms 91:1)
In the face of the pandemic, many are feeling anxious or stressed about COVID-19. Feelings of anxiety and uncertainty are completely normal during times like this. In these stressful times, we can find peace and rest in the Lord. For “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Ps 46:1). In whatever troubles we face today, God is the place of refuge we can run to. He is our safe place.
In Matthew 11:25-30, the Lord Jesus was compelled by the Holy Spirit to pray to the heavenly Father, revealing how we ought to pray to be heard by God.
“I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” (Matt 11:25-27)
Have we been in deep spiritual struggles before? We knew we had to be better spiritually, but we continued to struggle with our sinful desires. We knew we had to trust in God, but we could not help but think that God was not there for us. It is as if God had not cared about us.