Have you ever yelled that prayer? Have you ever looked up to Heaven and wondered what in the world God was doing up there?
There are moments in every believer’s life when we question what God is up to. We are quick to say “it was a total God thing” when the situation is favorable but what about when it’s not so favorable? Haven’t you felt like God really forgot about you in the process of running the universe?
It’s in these times we can draw great comfort from many of the Psalms. In Psalm 77, Asaph is crying out to God and asking “why.” In anguish he prays (Psalm 77:1-9):
1 I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me. 2 When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be comforted. 3 I remembered you, God, and I groaned; I meditated, and my spirit grew faint. 4 You kept my eyes from closing; I was too troubled to speak. 5 I thought about the former days, the years of long ago; 6 I remembered my songs in the night. My heart meditated and my spirit asked: 7 “Will the Lord reject forever? Will he never show his favor again? 8 Has his unfailing love vanished forever? Has his promise failed for all time? 9 Has God forgotten to be merciful? Has he in anger withheld his compassion?”
In this prayer, the psalmist is asking questions about God’s character. Notice carefully in these questions: the human author is not attempting to give God counsel nor is he demanding an immediate answer. But it is honest and gut-wrenching.
Has God rejected me forever? Is His favor spent? Has He stopped loving me? Has He ceased fulfilling His promise? Has God’s mercy been lost in His memory? Is His compassion turned off towards me?
These questions are stated in ways expecting the same answer “no!”
I’ve always been told don’t make long term decisions in temporary circumstances. Rightly, we should not doubt God’s love and provision for us when we slip into the cold death of winter. Springtime will arrive. What the Lord promised during the summer of our spiritual lives is still true in the winter as well.
Be strong in the Lord and know you are dearly loved. The winter you’re in today will eventually give way to spring. Don’t lose heart. It’s the winter making springtime so treasured.