If we had forgotten the name of our God or spread out our hands to a foreign god, would not God have discovered it, since he knows the secrets of the heart? Yet for your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered. Awake, O LORD! Why do you sleep? Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever. Why do you hide your face and for-get our misery and oppression? We are brought down to the dust; our bodies cling to the ground. Rise up and help us; redeem us because of your unfailing love. Psalm 44:2026
SOMETIMES GOD seems absent, insensitive, or downright vindictiveeven to the faithful. We may suffer setbacks and suffering we feel that only the slimy and despicable should have to endure (people whose names we would gladly supply to God, if only he would ask). So why does all of this trouble come to us, Gods own people? We dont understand how he could allow such things to happen.
Our confusion is multifaceted. For one thing, not every calamity arrives because God places our name and address on the package and has it UPSed to our door. The Creator does not necessarily draw red tar-gets on our backs and begin launching jagged thunderbolts. Life is such that at times we suffer and God winces as much as we do.
Deep down, the psalmist knew this even as he railed against what felt, in the pain of the moment, must have been Gods capricious spitefulness. In his heart of hearts, he recognized that our Lord is the God of unfailing love, regardless of what we suffer.
O God, remind us that your love never leaves us, even when trouble comes our way.
-Sam Collins is the adult curriculum editor of Church of God Ministries, Inc., and lives with his wife Sha-ron in Anderson, Indiana.