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Snippet of the Month: When Life Turns Sour

AugustNewsSometimes in the Christian life things don’t work out like we expect. We can experience times of blessing where everything is just great, but then it all goes wrong. Instead of blessing there is failure, instead of joy there is despair. Where once we loved our service in God’s house, it has now become a drudgery. In our personal lives we are beset by problems that can overwhelm us, and God
can appear indifferent to our circumstances. How do we cope when life turns sour

If this is happening to you, firstly you can recognise that you are not the first to feel this way, and sadly, you won’t be the last. We all feel this way at some time. It’s part and parcel of living a life of faith. Sometimes we lose sight of objective faith, based on God’s word and base our opinions/beliefs on what our thoughts tell us, however unreliable those thoughts are.

King David faced problems but he knew how to deal with them. In Psalm 62 he begins by affirming his faith:

“Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”

But then things start to go wrong in his life. He has enemies who make his life a misery:
“How long will you assault me? Would all of you throw me down— this leaning wall, this tottering fence? Surely they intend to topple me from my lofty place; they take delight in lies. With their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse.”

That’s enough to make anyone ask questions. Why is this happening to me? Why isn’t God doing anything about it? Where has the blessing gone? But wise David learned faith lessons as he walked with the Lord. So what does he do? He goes back to where he started. Back to objective truth:

“Yes my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.”

A comma is about all that distinguishes this part of the Psalm from the opening lines, but how important that comma is. David knows the answer he needs. If he is to enjoy God’s blessings, it doesn’t come from dwelling on the problems he faces in his life, but on reminding himself of the truth he knows, “My soul finds rest in God”.

If we are to enjoy the blessings that God has given us we need to immerse ourselves in God’s Word and take it at face value. When he makes promises, we claim them. When he presents objective truth, we believe it. Don’t let your emotions, or the so called evidence of your eyes convince you otherwise. Always believe what God has spoken and act on it.

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