Psalms 10:1 – Why, O Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?When we wait for long for the Lord to answer our prayers and when the answers do not come even after we tarry for a long time, it is likely that we become exasperated and desperate. At such times, doubts and confusions come and knock at the doors of our hearts. It is possible that words of unbelief might come out of our souls in such situations. We become like little children who wait in impatience and speak impulsively because of intense feelings of despair and pain of suffering. Sometimes we wonder whether God had heard our prayers and supplications. These doubts and apprehensions tend to dim our eyes so that we would even loose our spiritual insights. Isaac had a time of dimmed vision and so also Eli, the high priest. Such dimmed visions drove them into serious spiritual problems. The enemy will use our weak flesh to plunge us into deep depression and despair and we might not even know what we utter in the presence of the Lord. But if we look unto the Lord through the spiritual eyes, it won’t be difficult to see that He is very near us and still holds us in His mighty hands. We might not be able to see the way He works in our lives and in our situations because these actions of our Lord are often hidden to us. But our Lord is working wonderfully for us behind the curtain which will be revealed at the right time. Till that time, we need to exercise faith and patience. When we lack faith, we have the freedom and opportunity to ask the Author and Finisher of our faith to increase our faith and trust in Him. We can thus challenge the forces of the enemy that there is nothing impossible with our Lord and that He will come to our rescue and answer our prayers at the right time. He is not standing far off in hiding, but working behind the scene to meet your need and help you to face the challenges in life.
Dear reader, there were times when great children of God like David, Hannah, Abraham, Jacob, Paul and others got exasperated and wondered whether our Lord was far off. We are sometimes tempted to utter words of faithlessness which are en embarrassment to our faith. But the Lord knows that it comes out of our weak faith because we are dust and do not have much strength in ourselves. We are all people with feet of clay. So in our times of despair and faithlessness, He prays for us as in the case of Peter. His Spirit intercedes before the Father for us. He speaks to us daily through His Word to strengthen us and help us to see the way He works for us even when we are not aware of it. Even when we sleep, He works for us. As we are involved in other things and forget about His mighty work in progress for us, He still works for us. He works in us with the same power with which He created the Universe and all that is in it. His ears will never be shut from our prayers nor will His arms be short that they cannot accomplish His purpose in and through us. If we cannot see the Lord near us, it is our spiritual problem and not His neglect of His beloved children. On the authority of the Word of God and on the basis of the experiences of millions of His children throughout the past centuries, we can confidently say that the Lord is near to us and He stands by us to help us in all our situations. He is in all our situations with us and will never forsake us. Let us see Him today by faith in His full glory and power and put all our trust in Him to deliver us from our difficult situations and thus take glory to Himself through our lives.Psalms 145:18 – The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.Thought for Today
When we focus our eyes and attention on the Lord, we will be able to see Him working in all our circumstances all the time.