November 22 (Psalm 13:5)
But I have trusted in your steadfast love…. (ESV)
The Bible is unrelentingly realistic and unrelentingly hopeful, and one of the most wonderful words in all of Scripture is the conjunction “but.” Not one of our ancestors in the faith portrays a silly, pie-in-the-sky attitude as if everything is or should be rosy all the time. To have such a view or expectation of life would be a special kind of ridiculous. We have pains, challenges, and difficulties. Just look at your last week or think of the week ahead.
But. Too many people stay stuck in the problems that come to us all. Those who truly know God can say, “But….” From King David to Jesus, those who not only know about the love of God but who dwell richly in that love can say confidently, even in the midst of the worst tragedies, that they will trust in Him.
This is not a sappy self-help notion that you can read, nod at approvingly, and then go on doing things your own way. Seriously, stop for a moment. Acknowledge with the Father Who loves you the issues that are plaguing you or causing you fear. Lay them before His feet and then boldly, as if shouting in the face of hell, proclaim that you will trust His love no matter what.