In times of trouble, trust God
I cry out to God; yes, I shout. Oh, that God would listen to me! When I was in deep trouble, I searched for the Lord. All night long I prayed, with hands lifted toward heaven, but my soul was not comforted. I think of God, and I moan, overwhelmed with longing for his help. Psalm 77:1-3
There are times in life that problems and troubles just come like an avalanche. You feel that you are sinking and that there is no escape. This is what the Psalmist was expressing from the text. But instead of giving up in despair, he cries out to God. When troubling times come, faith is shaken. Your sense of security gets affected that you find yourself grasping for answer. This is what the Psalmist was doing, but the more he thinks about his trials, the more he becomes restless. “You don’t let me sleep. I am too distressed even to pray!” (v. 4) He finds himself wandering if God is listening to his prayers. Here was an honest description of a person’s emotion dealing with trials in life. This is what is wonderful from the Word of God for it never glosses on the realities of problems that people are facing. It is obvious from the passage that the Psalmist believed in God. In fact, what was sustaining him in times of trouble was the remembrance of God’s faithfulness in the past. “But then I recall all you have done, O Lord; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago. They are constantly in my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about your mighty works” (vv. 11-12). Every time you enter a period of struggle, of pressure, of uncertainties due to the circumstances, you are open to severe and pressing temptation to doubt. God knows that there is a possibility that disbelief could set in; it is but logical. The Psalmist instead of giving in to doubts and despair chose to trust God. He realized that if God is faithful in the past, He will continue to be faithful in the present as well as to the future. He believes that God does not change. This is who God is, that is why you can count on Him. “I am the Lord, and I do not change” (Malachi 3:6). You do not want to place your trust to someone that could not make up their mind. The idea of placing trust in times of trouble to a God that does not change did not provide the solution to the problem at hand. But just like in this Psalm, what change was the resolve to trust God no matter what answer God will provide. The Psalmist did not allow his emotions rule his mind and that prevented him to give in to despair instead he let his mind think “about the mighty works of God.” This is how God intended it to be. The focus is not on the circumstances and to oneself but to God. Christ came to provide you understanding so that when times of trouble come, you will realize that you have a God that you can trust. “And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God” (1 John 5:20).