God has Compassion On Your Suffering
You’ve been out of work for months. The bills are piling up. You hear about middle-class families on food stamps and wonder if you’re next. Or you fret over the possibility of another 9-11 type tragedy exploding in America’s face.
So you wonder: where is God? He is right by your side.
If you can’t believe it, take a closer look at the author of Psalm 34. His name was David. David wrote Psalm 34 while running from the current king, Saul. Jealous over people praising David’s military skills, Saul set out to kill him.
David escaped one time by jumping out the window. Then he persuaded a friend to lie about his whereabouts. Then, while on the run, David realizes an enemy king recognizes him and acts insane to escape. David lived in constant misery while he wrote the words in Psalm 34.
Given all this, would you say that God cared? That he understood David’s fears? That he healed David’s wounded spirit?
Yet David starts Psalm 34 by saying, “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Later, David says, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all… none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned” (Psalm 34:19 and 22, ESV).
No condemnation. You can express all your fears, problems, and misgivings to God. And he won’t laugh. He won’t think you’re being ridiculous or exaggerating. He won’t tell you to stop wasting his time. The Bible describes a God who is always there, ready to talk, and ready to reassure you that a better tomorrow is coming.
This is a God who inspired others to write words like, “But you are near, O Lord, and all your commandments are true” (Psalm 119:151, ESV)” and “We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks, for your name is near. We recount your wondrous deeds” (Psalm 75:1, ESV). This is a God who cares. A God of compassion. Go talk to him about your worries and see what he says.
A Challenge For You…
Read the story of Lazarus in John 11:30-43. How did things turn out differently than Mary expected? How has a past situation in your life turned out differently? How does that give you hope today?
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