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How long will my enemy be exalted over me?
Sometimes it’s impossible to understand what God is doing. Periodically, evil is allowed to manifest itself in such a way as to cause people to question whether God is really who He claims to be. When we see all of the mass shootings in our schools or the terrible tragedies in our world and our own lives we often cry out God why. I’ve heard the questions before. I’ve wrestled with them myself. If God is really all-powerful and really infinitely good, how could He allow such a thing to happen? These are hard questions, and in our human nature we want firm answers. God clearly reveals Himself through His Word and creation to be both all-powerful and good, but He often chooses not to reveal to us specifically why He allows evil to manifest or specifically how He will work through its effects to accomplish His good purposes. He often leaves us in the dark, without answers to some very difficult questions. This is a difficult place to be, because we are forced to make a decision – walk by faith or look for another way
David found himself in that place as He wrote Psalm 13. Evidently, he had been enduring terrible suffering at the hands of wicked people. You can hear the pain in his voice as he cries “How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever?” (Psalm 13:1). Sometimes we feel like that, too. When we see evil seem to triumph in the world around us, it can make us cry out to God with doubt. Where are You? How could you let this happen? Do You even care? I want you to be encouraged in knowing that God is patient with the sincere and painful questions that plague us. When we honestly cry out to Him with these burdens, He doesn’t just leave us to wallow in our anxiety and misery. Notice what happened as David approached God with these questions. The Holy Spirit brought David away from the unsteady ground of anxious doubting and led him onto the solid ground of simple trust, and He did it as David honestly poured out His heart in prayer. David ends this prayer with a song of faith. Even though David is still wrestling with the same unanswered questions, he is reminded of all of the ways that God has shown Himself to be good, and faithful, and trustworthy. “How long” turns into “I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me” (Psalm 13:5-6).
I pray that as you wrestle with unanswered questions in life, you will bring them honestly to our great God in prayer. He might not always answer the question “why?”, but He will minister to your heart and remind you that He is faithful, and good, and in control, and worthy of your trust. May He guard your hearts and minds this week in Christ Jesus.