Wrestling for Faith

I came across this devotional while cleaning out my inbox. It is from over a year ago, but something I really needed to read tonight. (amazing how that works!)

I feel like the Psalmist did when he wrote the verses below, especially “missing the good old days which were filled with joyful songs”.  It is hard to wait for better days & God’s blessings, even when you know they will be coming.  It is hard to not get caught up in the memories of the good old days. It is hard to not get discouraged & feel like maybe, just maybe it won’t ever be that good again.

Dr. Seuss said- “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened”.  Maybe comparing David (or Solomon, not sure who wrote this particular Psalm) to Dr. Seuss is a bit odd, but I think it sums up partly what the Psalmist was trying to say here. Be grateful that you were able to experience the good old days and keep the faith that God will provide more good old days in the future too. Let the memories of the good old days remind us just how much God can & will bless us.

I want to highlight how the devotion ends: Like the psalmist, we need to turn to the facts of God’s past deeds and wait in hope that he will again bless us. We must never let our feelings inform our faith. Let faith be the last word.”

It is great to know that even though we may wrestle for our faith from time to time, our emotions do not change God or His promises. He will always be faithful to fulfill His promises & complete the good work He starts in us.

 

Today’s Verse


“When I was in deep trouble,
I searched for the Lord.
All night long I prayed, with hands lifted toward heaven,
but my soul was not comforted.
I think of the good old days,
long since ended,
when my nights were filled with joyful songs.
I search my soul and ponder the difference now.
And I said, ‘This is my fate;
the Most High has turned his hand against me.’
But then I recall all you have done, O LORD;
I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago.
They are constantly in my thoughts.
I cannot stop thinking about your mighty works.
O God, your ways are holy.
Is there any god as mighty as you?
You are the God of great wonders!
You demonstrate your awesome power among the nations.”

Psalm 77:2, 5–6, 10–14
view in context

encouragement for today

The psalmist is really wrestling here—wrestling with the disparity between his own experience of deep distress and feeling abandoned, and the God he thought he knew who is holy, mighty, loving. A God of miracles and blessings. Yet this God seems to have abandoned the psalmist. So he wrestles for faith. And so do we at times. Like the psalmist, we need to turn to the facts of God’s past deeds and wait in hope that he will again bless us. We must never let our feelings inform our faith. Let faith be the last word.
—Diane Eble, author of Abundant Gifts: A Daybook of Grace-Filled Devotions

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