Have you ever gone through a time when you felt like God seemed far away and like he was not listening to you?
I’ve been there.
I have sat and reflected on the messes in my life and wondered where God could be found. The hope of God swooping in and fixing certain problems – which I know he could do – does not always happen.
Positionally, I know that I am not alone and that God is always with me. But look at David’s words in Psalm 10 verse 1. David says:
Why, O Lord, do you stand far away?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
David not only felt like God was distant but he felt like God was intentionally hiding himself.
Friends, if you have felt this feeling before – it can be intensely painful.
In times of loss, death, divorce and other life struggles even the strongest believer is forced to ask God – where are you in this?
In Psalm 10 – David goes on to write…
In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor;
let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised.
3 For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul,
and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the Lord.
4 In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him;
all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”
David describes those who are oppressing him as arrogant, wicked, boastful, and greedy. In their scheming they say “There is no God.”
They don’t think they will ever get caught and David feels like what’s happening! Read on in Psalm 10:
His ways prosper at all times;
your judgments are on high, out of his sight;
as for all his foes, he puffs at them.
6 He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved;
throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.”
This Psalm is as true today as it was when it was written. Often times it seems that the ungodly are prosperous and nothing is stopping them. But they have a false sense of security. They think they are invincible but they are wrong.
We may look at the success of those who do not honor God and feel frustrated. We may wonder why they seem to have it so easy while we struggle through hard things.
But God does not promise to remove the troubles of the righteous but rather he promises to help us in times of trouble.
He promises to be our refuge and strength.
David goes on in Psalm 10 and says…
His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression;
under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.
8 He sits in ambush in the villages;
in hiding places he murders the innocent.
His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;
9 he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket;
he lurks that he may seize the poor;
he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.
10 The helpless are crushed, sink down,
and fall by his might.
11 He says in his heart, “God has forgotten,
he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”
The ungodly are compared to a preying lion. They prey on the weak, helpless and poor.
And David questions again…
- Has God forgotten?
- Is God hiding?
- Does he see all of this pain that is happening?
- Why is God not stopping it?
Oh I have been there! I have wondered these same thoughts and I love David’s example to us.
Where does he go with his questions?
— He goes straight to God.
Where should we go with our questions?
— Straight to God.
In the final 7 verses of Psalm 10 – David gives a call to action.
Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand;
forget not the afflicted.
13 Why does the wicked renounce God
and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?
14 But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation,
that you may take it into your hands;
to you the helpless commits himself;
you have been the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer;
call his wickedness to account till you find none.
16 The Lord is king forever and ever;
the nations perish from his land.
17 O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted;
you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear
18 to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.
It is a great privilege that we can go to the God of the universe in prayer – do not miss this!! He loves us and wants us to cry out to him. He wants to comfort us and help us.
We may not always understand God’s ways but we can go to God’s throne and say – God – don’t forget about me! Help me! Protect me!
In difficult times, I have asked God to intervene and in that moment – it has not felt like God intervened. But who knows what he has protected me from – perhaps things could have been ten times worse than they were and I will never know it. God has protected me and brought me through every trial I have ever faced. He is faithful!
Are you facing the impossible? Or maybe struggling with anxiety about something that feels impossible? That roadblock in front of you may not disappear with one prayer. But this I can assure you of…
God is not hiding from you.
God does hear your prayers.
And God loves you.
So keep on talking to God about it!
While we may not like the hard circumstances we are stuck in – we can have hope. A day will come when there will be no more tears and no more pain.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Hold on to hope.
God IS listening to you.