Sunday 29 April

"I am worn out waiting for your rescue, but I have put my hope in your word. My eyes are straining to see your promises come true. When will you comfort me? I am shrivelled like a wineskin in the smoke, but I have not forgotten to obey your decrees. How long must I wait? When will you punish those who persecute me?"

Psalm 119:81-84

Have you ever felt stuck in a moment? Perhaps the ordinary everyday has found you feeling underwhelmed compared to how life could have been. Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the circumstances of your life? Reading this passage it is almost impossible not to hear the cry coming from David of, “why me?”. We all have these moments where we feel this way; when life seems unfair, unfortunate or even hopeless. Sometimes, what we are experiencing really does justify us to cry out “why me?”.

What we learn though, is that to remain in this frame of mind - to sit and dwell within the position of looking only at our current circumstance - is not the most helpful. Although David feels somewhat defeated and overwhelmed, he maintains an outlook for heavenly intervention. Despite David feeling impatient and perhaps overlooked by God, he invites his Father into the midst of those feelings. David understands something about the steadfastness and the unchanging nature of the promises God has given to him. It is required of David to find the endurance within his faith to keep looking to God.

God has given every one of us reasons to hope for our future. It is here, in the midst and truth of His promises, that we can dwell as believers. We are always offered hope and promise from the Lord, despite our circumstance. Yet, we have a choice of where to dwell; within our current circumstance or within the hope of Christ. David is in a state of persisting to trust in the word of God despite feeling shrivelled like a wineskin in smoke, and he chooses to seek out the unrelenting promise of God.

Be encouraged today to invite God into your current situation where you may feel helpless, abandoned and alone; but do not remain overwhelmed. Look to God, seek out His promises. If you do not think God has promised anything to you, open your Bible and find out what great hope we have as Christians. We have been given the Word as a spiritual weapon. Use it to speak truth into both the difficulties and everydayness of life. Be bold and ask God to give you a renewed vision and hope for your future. Remember His faithfulness to see His promises come to fruition.

Ruth Binstead


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