“How long?”

Psalm 13 devotional

“How long?” In Psalm 13, David repeats this question four times. How long, O Lord, will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? How long, how long, how long. Obviously, David didn’t wake up one morning and suddenly feel abandoned by God. Over time God’s lack of action or answers led him to feel forgotten. Although God promises to never leave us or forsake us, our circumstances can trump God’s truth in our lives. Even worse, when we are in a negative place it can appear like everybody is plotting against us and we are on the losing team. Have you confronted God with the same question too? How long will my son be addicted to drugs? How long must we wait for a positive pregnancy test? How long until I find a spouse? How long will my heart be broken? For my husband and I, we feel we’ve been in a bit of the wilderness the past few years. We are moving, building organizations, contributing to others, but not […]

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Don’t Stop Believing God’s Promises

believing God's promises scripture verse

“Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished.” Luke 1:45 NIV As I read this verse, a gnawing question confronted me, “How many times do I doubt God’s ability to fulfill his promises in my life?” Am I more of a Zachariah who doubted what the angel Gabriel said when he delivered news about the birth of his son and with uncertainty asked, “How can I be sure of this?” (Luke 1:18). Or am I on Mary’s side who, in a similar situation, simply said, “May it be to me as you have said?” (Luke 1:38). Our reactions reveal our faith Both people received some outrageously unexpected baby news. Both people were in impossible situations. Zachariah’s response was one clothed in doubt as he questioned how two people in old age could possibly give birth to a son. Mary, who was a virgin BTW, grabbed a hold of the angel’s words when he reminded her, “For nothing is impossible with God.” She did not falter in her faith, but replied, “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.”It’s not about the news we receive, but […]

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