Have you ever struggled with something and felt you were at the end of your rope? Perhaps it was an addiction, and you got to the place of desperation where you couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. This is often described as “hitting rock bottom”. I have had many friends tell me about that moment. The despair is so great, it’s as if the blackness is closing in and you are only watching yourself drowning.
In those moments, you can forget that God is there with you. It is hard to have patience to wait for and end to the struggle. But the good news is that God will rescue us, but maybe not as quickly as we would like. The psalmist felt this woe, and the tone of this psalm gives evidence to this. How long are we to suffer?
If you’re past such an event or time in your life, looking back now what do you see? Do you see God’s hand at work, holding you, lifting you, preparing you for what was to come? The psalmist, whether through the strife or still in the midst, ends the psalm on a positive note, trusting in God, singing praise to God for the deliverance. Let us take a moment now to give praise to God for his provision.
Let’s pray. God, you know our frustration. Help us to have patience while you work it out. Help us not to focus on the negative, the failures, but to keep our eyes on you and what you are doing in our midst. Keep our hearts and minds open and relationship with you in tact. In Jesus’ name. Amen.