Monday, December 21, 2009

THE LOVE OF GOD NEVER FAILS

When David penned the words of Psalm 13, he asked, “How long will you forget me, Lord? Forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long shall I have sorrow in my heart daily? How long will the enemy be exalted over me?”

It sounds as if David felt that God had altogether left him to suffer and wake up each day with a black cloud hanging over him. For a season, David spoke out of despair: “God, will this feeling of isolation go on forever? When will my prayers ever be answered?”

Beloved, when troubles assail us yet we know we love the Lord—when deliverance seems hopeless—we sink under the pressure. Right now, someone reading these words is sinking under the awful pressure of a situation that seems to be unsolvable. They are on the verge of total despair, hoping a calm will come if only for a break in their trial.

Next, David asked, “How long shall I take counsel in my soul?” He spoke of forming one plan after another, trying to plan ways out of his trouble—but all plans, all arrangements, failed. Now he had nothing else to think of, no workable solution. He was at the end of it all.

How did David arise from this pit of despair? “I will trust in your mercy…I will sing…”

Let me share with you several reasons to keep trusting your way through your present trials: No matter how the storms may rage, our precious Lord will still be feeding the fowls of the air, dressing the lilies of the field and supplying an ocean full of fish with their daily needs. “Your heavenly Father feedeth them…” Not one bird ever falls to the ground without the Father’s eye upon it.

What kind of Father would feed all the creatures of the earth and yet neglect his children? Jesus exhorted us to “give no thought” to everyday needs and problems, “for he careth for you.”

Truly the Lord loves you, and he will not turn a deaf ear to your cries. Hold on, move on, wait patiently. He will never fail you.