Forever. Or so it seemed.
“God, it’s difficult to do the “right” thing, especially when I don’t see Your mighty hand sweeping away the sadness, the agony, sometimes found in this life.”
Sheila huffed and reached for her beloved Bible. She picked it up tenderly, as the binding sometimes lost pages and the covered sometimes slipped off.
She recalled when it was new, and her faith fresh in a wonderful world.
Shaking her auburn hair away from her eyes, she settled back onto the plush, green couch.
No, it appeared God hadn’t moved on this, yet she knew His promises could be trusted.
She opened her bookmarked page and reread what was already etched on her heart. “But the Lord loves the just and will not forsake His faithful ones.” Psalm 37:28
She reflected on David’s life, the author of many of the Psalms. If anyone knew the frustration and weariness of doing right yet being persecuted, David did.
How long did David, God’s anointed run for his life, waiting for God to change his circumstances? And yet, David didn’t strike out on his own, taking matters into his own hands.
“How long, Lord?” She sighed, resting her head on the back of the couch, lifting her eyes to the ceiling.
“The Lord will not forsake his faithful ones.”
In the end, David was king. His time fleeing from a madman who wanted him dead was redeemed.
His time hiding in caves, protecting his life, was redeemed.
His time refusing to seek revenge, was redeemed.
God is always faithful. He knows what happens. He doesn’t always prevent the hard stuff, the stuff we think He should edit right on out of our story!
But He is faithful, thought Sheila again. As hard as it is, I must be faithful to Him, trusting His word, His promises.
“Lord,” she prayed closing her eyes against the frustration she felt, “please help me to be faithful to You. Please help me to patiently wait…”