Sometimes life packs a punch…and then another and another. During times like these, Satan whispers in our ears that God has forgotten us, and that things will never change. We may be tempted to give in to despair. Why bother to read the Bible, to pray, to worship with fellow believers in Christ? David felt that way at times: How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? (Ps 13:1-2) 

Waiting is hard. When we’re waiting for God to resolve a difficult situation or to answer often-repeated prayers, it’s easy to get discouraged. But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love,” (Psalm 33:18) 

It’s during these times of waiting that the most comfort we can receive is in the Scriptures. When we see what our Father did for us. “For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) And we need to remember that His sacrifice was not without pain and suffering. “He was despised and rejected–a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief… Yet it was our weaknesses He carried, it was our sorrows that weighed Him down. (Isaiah 53:3-4)

No matter our temporary suffering (that doesn’t always seem temporary to us), remember as David did to focus on all that you know of the Lord’s love, reminding yourself of past blessings, and to deliberately praise Him, even in times of trouble. The Lord sees you and loves you. We put our hope in the LordHe is our help and our shield. In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name. Let your unfailing love surround us, Lordfor our hope is in you alone.” (Psalm 33:20-22)