“Who will protect me from the wicked? Who will stand up for me against evildoers? Unless the Lord had helped me, I would soon have settled in the silence of the grave. I cried out, ‘I am slipping!’ but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.” Psalm 94:16-19
Many are the stories of those who have discovered themselves weak, vulnerable, and struggling with doubt. Perhaps an illness, the death of someone very close to the heart, deep concern for the future or a prodigal son or daughter, or perhaps the loss of a job and distress for provision in the coming days, rob the restful sleep of the early morning hours.
Jesus instructed us not to worry and allow Him to make provision for whatever circumstance might occur, to seek His kingdom first and not worry. However, our own humanity sometimes allows penetration in our armor and we too, as the Psalmist, sense we are slipping. Then like the arrival of rain in a season of drought the renewal of hope begins to well up within. The faithful love of the Lord introduces His spirit of comfort restoring and replacing hope where doubt had almost conquered us.
We are encouraged as we recall past times when all looked grim and despair led our thoughts instead of trust. When the unfailing love of God sent a gentle reminder and the Spirit of God whispered, “When have I not cared for you?” Then recognize as we have trusted in Him, He indeed has always been there for the adequate provision or need and often arriving in a form we did not anticipate.
You Lord are the one who corrects the path of my thoughts. You are the Lord of all, including what lies before me. Where there is doubt and distress remind me of Your faithful love and goodness and restore me to the place of a fixed heart upon Your hope that once again distress may give way to a heart of confidence in You. Amen.