Mar 30th 2021 · Day 89
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When I was eighteen, I served my first prison sentence. After a long spiral of drug addiction and associated crime, my life had become unmanageable. For a number of years I had lived for the moment. But suddenly, I found myself locked in a cell twenty-three hours a day. The days were long. A second seemed like a minute, a minute seemed like an hour, and an hour seemed like a whole day. Time, it seemed, was on go-slow. Thankfully, it was during my second time in prison that I discovered faith in Jesus, and my life has never been the same since.
In today’s psalm, we read the words, ‘How long, O Lord? Will you forget me for ever? How long will you hide your face from me?’ (Psalm 13:1). The psalmist was experiencing that familiar feeling of waiting; being aware that time seems to be against you – but in this sense, it seemed like God was withholding Himself. The psalmist was in the waiting room; God seemed to be hidden.
I have found that God often hides Himself from us, but only in order that we will pursue Him. It is a loving act to seek the One our heart desires and not give up at the first hurdle. I remember when I first fell in love with my now wife, Rebekah – there was no hurdle that would stop me from seeing her. Often, while she was working a night shift at a local petrol station during our Bible college days, I would go and stand at the window just to talk to her!
Pause and reflect: Maybe God is waiting for you to seek Him today?
Clyde is a passionate follower of Jesus who serves as the lead pastor of Victory Church and the UK director for Hope Center Ministries. He is married to Rebekah and together they are sold out for the cause of Christ in their generation. He started Bible in a Year to help people grow in their devotional lives. Follow him on Twitter: @MrClydeT
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