How Long Lord?

how long Lord

I know that some of us are asking today the same questions David asked. How long will I have to tolerate this? How long will God let this happen in my life? How long before I get my breakthrough? David sits in solitude in a in a cave, and Saul is seeking his life. This is a man after God’s own heart going through what seemed to be a no end situation. Samuel has already anointed him King. Doesn’t God remember this? Do I need to remind you that we are not promised an end to trouble? We are not promised an immediate answer to our prayers, nor are we promised a trouble free life. David who knew who God was and had a relationship with him was talking to him as son to a father. This is the type of relationship God seeks from each of us.

Sometimes we believe we have it all worked out. Then life shows up. The man you married turns out to be lazy, and will not work. That girl you married doesn’t want to do anything but sit and watch television all day. Sickness comes along and takes you for a ride. Finances disappear. Relationships disappoint you. The kids turn their back on you or God, you are hurt, you are frustrated, you are discouraged, you are alone, you are mad, you are starting to get bitter. You have rebuked it, claimed it, cast it out, laid hands on it, sent money to that evangelist, and done everything you know how to do…and you say: “How long, oh Lord, will you forget me forever?” Yes, we all have troubles in life, struggles, even Christians. It’s going to rain sometime in your life, but for “How Long?” David who God loved did not have the answer, and neither do we. We can see as David cried out to God from his heart, Psalm 13:1-2, “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul    and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?” Even after asking this question, David was confident that God was with him, and would deliver him. He had not lost faith in God, and was assured that he would be victorious. Today we have those same assurances; we must not cave in, give up, bow down or even run away. I tell you the truth; stand and you will see the Glory of God in the land of the living.

Father in the Name of Jesus Christ, today we are committed to standing and seeing your glory here in the land of the living. Sometimes life seems a little rough, and we like David take to our caves, but while we are having our cave experiences, we understand that you are yet in control of our lives. We are assured today that you will never leave us or forsake us. You hold us up, and are with us in our waters of despair, and through the fires that try and consume us. Heavenly Father, today we just want to say thank you for your love, grace and mercy. Thank you for wiping away our tears and strengthening us. We are so grateful, and in Jesus Name we pray. Amen

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