God Speaks in Our Despair

“…none of us knows how long this will be(God says) I choose the appointed timeWhen the earth and all its people quake, it is I who hold the pillars firm.Psalm 74:9; 75:3

Limitless enemies invade from outside, corruption and political intrigue reside within, devastating inequality exists between rich and poor, religious structures—both buildings and beliefs—attacked, leadership weak and ineffectual, disrespect for elders rampant. Those who follow after God experience discouragement, doubt, and despair. The weeping cry ascends: none of us knows how long this will be…

Out of the slough of despondency comes the reassuring memory of God’s past faithfulness and His strong words:

When the earth and all its people quake, it is I who hold the pillars firm.

Such words are not easy to believe when stability seems melting like spring snow, and yet it is for just such times that we are called to review God’s faithfulness and place our hope firmly in His character and promises. He holds the pillars of our world firm and “in Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17).

Faith is wide enough to cry out, “How long, O Lord, how long?” God is big enough to affirm, “I choose the appointed time” when that faith is weak. As we continually take small steps of belief, we remember,

The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord (Lamentations 3:25-26).

By Marilyn Ehle
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