In the Christian life, we face many times where it would seem that we are on the losing end of life. To the naked eye, we see horrible atrocities being done by cruel people. We see the innocent hurt, abused, and taken advantage of. Many times, we feel it personally when we are treated unfairly or done wrong because of our faith and our willingness to turn the other cheek as Jesus commanded. We ask where God is in the middle of our pain and problems. We wonder if He is even noticing what is happening in our lives, or if He even cares.
King David apparently pondered these same questions and concerns. For all of his wonder and questions, he came to conclusions that take faith to realize. In the book of Psalms chapter 37, David gives what is needed to live in a world of wickedness and evil while keeping our trust in our God. David says we must delight ourselves in the Lord, commit our ways to Him, and trust Him. When we do these things, God will change our desires into what He would have us to desire, and then will fulfill those desires as they are in alignment with His will. David says to rest and wait on the Lord, as well as to let go of our anger and forsake our wrath. God sees it as His job to hand out judgment to those who are wrong, not ours. David also mentions the benefits of living this lifestyle before God. He says that God will order our steps and will not let our failures end us, but rather will uphold us and keep us from destruction. This is one of the greatest blessings and promises we can have as humans. We know that we are imperfect and will fail at some time or another. Though we may strive for perfection, we cannot achieve it in our own power. But trusting in God and living the life He has called us to live will protect us in our downfalls and will propel us in our victories.
This was not just hyperbole to King David. In Psalms chapter 3, David explains a situation where he experienced what a life of trusting in God can do. David says that many wicked people are rising up against him and troubling him in every area of his life. Many even said that God had abandoned David and had left him helpless and defenseless in his trouble. Surely David experienced the wonder and questioning in his mind, thinking that maybe God had left him alone and that he was doomed. But he continued to trust in the Lord. He remembered the promises of the Lord, and prayed to God, trusting that the Lord would see him through his trouble. His trust in God was so strong that he was able to sleep soundly and peacefully, and wake up refreshed and restored. David went through his trouble trusting God and came out of his trouble strong, claiming that the Lord had sustained him in his trouble.
Whatever your situation or circumstances, whatever your troubles, trust in the Lord. Proverbs 3:5-6 states “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all they ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct they paths.” Trust in the Lord. Lean on Him, His strength, and His understanding, not your own. Acknowledge the Lord in the bad times and the good times. He will direct your paths and take you on the road of His plan for your life.