(Today's post by Tim David)
Psalm 70, 71 & 72
Do you lose faith? The question actually took me a little back. It was like being hit with a 2×4 and not knowing where it came from. Wait, let me take that back – I know who swung at me, but he didn’t have the intention of inflicting pain. The practiced answer that a lifetime of Christian instruction instinctually led me to the answer, “No;” but that would be a lie and I couldn’t lie to this guy who I’ve been completely honest with up until now. Chagrined I answer, “Yes,” expecting to see some speck of judgment; but it never appears. As if that question wasn’t tough enough, he follows it up with, “Then how do you get through it?” “It” I assume is that moment of uncertainty. After a few moments, I remember waking up at 3AM shivering, uncertain, scared out of mind because I don’t have control. In these moments I scream out to God letting him know what hurts and why I doubt His existence – at that moment I know who I am addressing and a certain “centering” occurs. In those moments, I have come to understand that God and what He does has nothing to do with anything I do – I am completely dependent on Him and that is a comfortable place for me.
David in chapter 70 appears very comfortable with God’s provision of protection, but it appears as though he has a moment of doubt at the beginning of chapter 71. “In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame.” David goes on to claim the provisions, but then he doubts again in verse 9, “Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone.” David centers himself in verse 20, “Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again.” It is easy to ask for God’s assistance when you are fit and able, doing God’s work to the best of your ability…it is completely different when you aren’t and you’re asking for God’s protection. Those are the moments when Satan is going to attack with doubt and uncertainty.
So, I ask you…”Do you lose faith?” If so, write in and let others know how you center back…do you allow God to remind you of a particular victory? Or is it a promise that means something to you? Have you made it back…or are you still waiting for your realignment?
There is nothing you can do to earn more favor from God than the moment you became His child.