“How long must Your servant wait? When will you punish my persecutors?” -Psalm 119:84
Once again the question of “when?” is submitted before God’s Throne. Although believers trust in the Lord’s Sovereignty and Wisdom, we can inquire of God’s plans. Even if He does not answer how we expect, it is good to remember His ways are not our ways, His thoughts are higher (better) than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9). This verse is a prayer formed as questions, transparent in emotion, meaning David feels God is trustworthy to bring his suffering to the One who not only listens to his cries, but is able to deliver him.
Along with bringing our own questions before God, our prayers need to circle back to pleas for His help. The Christian resolves to worship and trust in the One True God who loves him best, even when he doesn’t get all the answers. Your view of God in the midst of suffering reveals what the heart truly trusts and loves. Is God still good? Does He care for you? Does He love you? The answer is yes- infinitely yes for the soul covered in Christ Jesus. More than this, our God is not only willing to meet us in our pain, but He is able to comfort, deliver, and encourage our weary spirit as He sees fit. We are only called to submit to His wisdom and persevere in faith. May the Lord help us stay faithful as we learn to wait on Him.
Grace upon grace,
Growing deeper: Proverbs 3:5-6; 1 Peter 5:7-11; Psalm 42-43