For our mid-week meditations this week, I am sharing a post I wrote for our church’s daily devotions, asking the question How long O Lord?
How long? That is what we are saying just now, isn’t it? How long will this virus rum amok in our land? How long will our lives suffer restrictions? How long is all this going to last? How Long? How Long, Lord?
The Psalmist also asked those sorts of questions in Psalm 13
How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
How long will our worries and concerns plague us? How long will we wrestle with these things? How long, Lord? What are You doing Lord? Why are You not acting on our behalf Lord?
However, like the Psalmist, we too need to come to the place of acceptance and surrender and trust that God is God, He is on the throne, He is in control and His how longs are different from ours and He wants us to place our hand in trust in His.
Then as we come to that place of trust we can then affirm with the Psalmist when He closed this Psalm with these words:
But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for He has been good to me.
When we have peace in the Storm it means that we can trust in God’s unfailing love, that we can rejoice in His salvation and we can sing the Lord’s praise because we know and trust that He is good to us.
How long? Maybe that depends on how long it takes us to come to that place of trust?