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Cries of the heart ... plus faith

Posted by: David Carroll

Psalm 13:1-3 (NIV)

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? Look on me and answer, O Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death.

Despair is a terrible feeling. When we walk through these times we feel like God is ignoring us. We wonder how long must we wait for Him to answer our prayers. It is perfectly alright to feel this way. We see examples of this all through the Psalms. Even Jesus cried out in agony in the garden before he was to be crucified.

Must we just suffer through the waiting? Is there immediate relief in the waiting? You won't be happy about your dire circumstance but you can still trust God and you can still have joy! The psalmist goes on a couple of verses later:

Psalm 13:5-6 (NIV)

But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.

Whenever life seems darkest, just step back and look at the bigger picture. Your feelings will betray you. God's word will never fail. Put your trust in that which is trustworthy.

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