I am a rather weak creature, much weaker than I care to admit.
When life is “good”, I am content to coast as long as possible. I expend as little effort as I can, so I don’t rock the boat and change the comfortable circumstances. However, my inactivity quickly leads to stagnation. When I’m stagnant, I become sluggish and self-centered. I neglect my time with God, and I resent my time around others. I become fully focused on me and the protection of my comfortable circumstances.
It’s for these reasons that I believe God allows difficulties and adversaries into my life. When life gets bumpy or takes a detour, I am jarred out of my stagnation. I am forced to recognize that I am not the one in charge…and that my best course of action is to pray to the one Who is.
At some level, it’s comforting to me to know that I’m not the only follower of God who struggles with this. Because of his adversaries, David also recognized his immediate need for God and His guidance.
Because of my adversaries,
show me Your way, Lord,
and lead me on a level path.
Do not give me over to the will of my foes,
for false witnesses rise up against me,
I am certain that I will see the Lord’s goodness
in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
be courageous and let your heart be strong.
Wait for the Lord.
At the beginning of this psalm, David said:
The Lord is my light and my salvation –
whom should I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life –
of whom should I be afraid?
When David referred to the Lord as my salvation, he wasn’t talking about eternal salvation from the penalty of sin. David has confidence that he will see the Lord’s goodness in this life, that he would be saved from those who wanted to do him harm…but David also recognized that he would have to wait for the Lord’s assistance.
I believe that for the same reasons He allows adversaries and difficulties into our lives, God also allows us to wait for His rescue. Our struggle to patiently anticipate the Lord’s salvation develops our faith in ways that only waiting can.
When life takes a detour, be courageous and let your heart be strong. Salvation is coming, you just have to trust and wait for the Lord.