January 15 (Psalm 143:4, 6-7)
I am losing all hope;
I lift my hands to you in prayer.
Come quickly, Lord, and answer me,
We all need to be reminded of God’s love, but we also need to be reminded of something else. We put on so many pretenses with others, acting as if things are okay when they really are not. It’s just the way we get through the day, but we don’t have to do that with God. You don’t have to do that with God.
The man writing these words was David, the greatest king in Israel’s history, a person described as a man after God’s own heart, and an ancestor of Jesus. Think about that. This is the same man who flat out admits he is losing hope and is paralyzed with fear. Have you ever felt that way? He begs for God to come quickly because of his deepening depression. Have you ever been there? He knows that if he does not see God, he will die. Sound familiar?
If you have ever felt like this, you are in good company. If you are surprised to find this in the Bible, then perhaps your image of God and a relationship with Him is skewed. We cannot admit every private challenge and emotional struggle at work. Sometimes we have to put on a happy face that masks the truth. We never have to do this with God. We can lay out the pain and the ugliness in the most blunt possible way with Him. Try it. Call out to Him with your true heart. Write to Him in your journal with words you would never use in public. You do not need to impress Him. He loves you and wants to hear from you, the true you.
Copyright © 2017 by Steven R. Perkins