‘My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning’ Psalm 130:6
It has been difficult for me to advertise the successes of life lately with all of the hurt and pain happening around me. I cannot turn on the TV these days without having another headline slap me in the face reminding me that life is full of suffering. In my small circle I have lost five friends in the past three weeks and the devastation that just hit Louisiana is sure to bring more bad news.
We are living in a time when the bottom seems bottomless and the surface of the water gets further away, and the devil prowls around each of us waiting for an easy meal. My hope dissipates with the peace of the still night turning into desperate manipulations of worry as I wonder what tomorrow will bring.
I might be justified to live in this state of hopelessness, given the overwhelming pile of evidence, if I did not know Who I was waiting for. The Psalmist reminds me that while the suffering is real so is God. The ‘bottom’ does have a bottom, the surface of the water is closer than I think and the exterior is boundless.
Be encouraged brothers and sisters. Our place in the suffering is not off-limits from God. His redemption is final and our salvation is secure as faith is developed through His ways of grace and resurrection. His fidelity is great and I am confident He will provide the meaning to all of this in His time. And anxiously, my soul will wait for the Lord more than the watchmen waits for morning.