Nov 16th 2021 · Day 320
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I think the writers of Psalm 88 understood something of the plight of Daniel and his friends, even if the psalm wasn’t written for or about them: ‘my life is riddled with troubles and death is just around the corner!’ (v. 2, TPT).
The start of the book of Daniel makes for interesting yet disturbing reading. I can’t begin to imagine the torment these young men must have experienced, being subject to a tyrant king in the way they were. Chapter 3, though, offers such great hope when we see that they weren’t alone in their troubles.
Psalm 88 is a painful lament of suffering that ultimately asks a deeper question: ‘Why?’ This isn’t an isolated passage, either – Scripture is full of lamentations like this; we even have a whole book of the same name dedicated to expressing the anguish, pain and suffering of humanity.
I wonder if your first reaction in prayer when going through times of suffering is like mine: to expect that God will remove the suffering and fix the pain, without understanding or even asking, ‘Why?’ Why didn’t You help me, God? Why didn’t You heal him? Why did You allow her to leave me?
But there’s good news. God’s not scared of our ‘why?’ prayers.
I am thankful for the examples laid out in Scripture that show it’s OK to express our anger, disappointment, fear and suffering to God.
But when we do that we need to pause.
Give God time to answer.
In His own way, His own time.
And maybe not with the answer we’re expecting.
Pause and reflect: Take the time to reflect on seasons of pain and suffering past or present. Bring them to the Lord, and know that He will never leave you alone in the fire of your own circumstances. He is with you.
Originally from the Midlands, UK, Andrew and Vicki live in North Carolina, USA with their awesome children. On a journey of learning how to humbly do family God’s way, they are passionate about seeing broken lives restored through the love of Jesus, studying scripture, and seeking the presence of God in worship.
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