Questioning God When Life Brings Endless Struggles

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Today we will be focusing on Psalm 13. In Psalm 13, David seems to be struggling with a question too. His question was “How long?”

I have on several occasions over the past few years looked up and said “WHY LORD?”…and “When Lord will my struggles subside?” I know my husband hates hearing me utter those words, and after I say them, I too hate the fact I asked the “Why” question to the Lord.

I have been reading a book called David’s Spiritual Secret by Dr. John S. Barnett in my spare time over the past few weeks. I have been intrigued by David’s life, and realized the Psalms provides much insight, wisdom, and encouragement for Christian Living. Hence for the next few topics on the blog, I will be covering a number of Psalms which encourages me to keep walking with the Lord just as David had.

Today we will be focusing on Psalm 13.

In Psalm 13, David seems to be struggling with a question too. His question was “How long?”

The first two verses of Psalm 13 goes like this:

How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?
How long shall I take counsel in my soul,
Having sorrow in my heart daily?
How long will my enemy be exalted over me?

David first asked the Lord if He will forget him forever. David was at a point in his life, where he felt rejected and abandoned by everyone around him. You may have felt abandoned in your marriage, or rejected by friends you once held dear. Your children may have walked away, and your church did not seem to be supportive. Even worse you may have moments in your life where you too felt the Lord has forgotten you.

David’s second question shows that he believes God has hidden from him, and is not near him anymore. He does not feel the Lords blessings on his life. There may be moments in your marriage where you feel the current days are not as blessed as the days of yesteryear. There may be moments in your parenting where you feel your joy is lost among the noise of rowdy children. There maybe be everyday moments when you just don’t feel like reading the Bible, singing a spiritual hymn, or even saying a few words to pray. (I have had those moments, and I pondered if the Lord decided to step away from me.)

The third question shows David was consumed in his own thoughts and emotions. As women especially we tend to over think, over worry, and over analyze. The after effects of negative thinking or too much thinking brings much sorrow and discouragement in our everyday lives.

The final question asked, reveals David feeling defeated by his enemies. He believes others have the upper hand. In our own life, there may be days when we feel worthless. We feel others are doing better than us. And worse yet, the devils sows seeds of doubt in us that we have no victory over temptation or sin.

So are we supposed to keep asking these why, and how long questions to the Lord?

David didn’t.

In fact the very next verse David says:

“Consider and hear me, O Lord my God;
Enlighten my eyes,…” (vs 3)

He is pleading to the Lord: Please look at me, please listen and answer me, please do not forsake me. Show me yourself that I may see your goodness.

In reality, the Lord NEVER stopped looking at him. The Lord never stopped listening or answering his cries. The Lord never forsook him.

And that is what we need to remember, The Lord has never forgotten us. He has not rejected us or abandoned us. He continues to shower his blessings on us.

We are the ones who stopped looking to the Lord for strength, and joy, and peace. We stopped listening and hearing his answers. We stopped recognizing his blessings.

If you skip on over to verse 5 and 6 it says:

But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
 I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me.

In that moment of anguish David proclaimed that he will trust, he will rejoice, and he will sing.

Why?

Because he realized in his questioning that the Lord has ALWAYS been good.

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It is hard for me to go one minute in anguish and then the next minute in rejoicing. But a good way of getting out of these why questions is by reciting your favorite bible verses, or singing a favorite hymn or worship song reflecting on Gods goodness.

 

Here are a few of my favorite verses that gives me strength in my struggles.

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So despite how your struggles feel at this moment, remember the Lords love is unfailing, rejoice in His salvation, and make every effort to sing His praise- WHY?

For He has always been good to you.

 



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10 Comments

  • Dani | Free Indeed October 2, 2017 at 12:37 am

    Love this Sue! He is so, so good, even when we have to be humbled by affliction to remember it. David is so honest, but it shows us that weakness and doubt may come, but we do not have to stay there…we can always turn back to Him! Thank you sister! 🙂

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    • Sue October 2, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      Yes, we do not need to stay in the place of rejection and abandonment- its for us to turn that moment of anguish back to joy!

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  • Sarah at BibleBaton October 2, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    In other places David gives us good examples of how to remind ourselves of God’s faithfulness… we need the reminders! And that’s one reason I’m glad you wrote and shared this post. Thank you, Sue, for reminding me that He has not forgotten. He is faithful!

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    • Sue October 2, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      Yes He has not forgotten. And often times I think he has. Thanks Sarah for stopping by 🙂

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  • Julie October 3, 2017 at 9:31 am

    I’ve asked that question many times also<3 Instead of why, I've begun to ask what do you want me to learn, Lord? The shift in perspective moves it from self-focus to God-focus!

    Love the graphic, Sue! Sharing on Facebook too!

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  • Joella October 3, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    I love this! I love how David in many of the Psalms he wrote, after questioning God he praised and proclaimed how he was trusting in the Lord. This really fit with our lives right now, so thank you for sharing!!

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    • Sue October 3, 2017 at 5:28 pm

      Yes David went through a roller coaster of emotions. But when he hit rock bottom he always looked up.

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  • Naomi October 4, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Such sweet reminders for times of struggle, Sue! Thank you for sharing what your learning, and God’s word as it applies to asking questions!

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  • Kate| A Hundred Affections October 5, 2017 at 10:21 am

    This is so encouraging. I’ve been through many seasons of my life where I thought the Lord forgot about me. He has always proven Himself faithful! With every new ‘deliverance’, my faith has grown. I’m definitely less anxious now about life’s ups and downs. Thanks for sharing! Pinned infograph! Loved it! 🙂

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  • Jess October 5, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Great Scripture to dive into! It’s inspiring to see how others in faith have dealt with hardships and David is always a great example. He wasn’t perfect, he went through many trials, but he managed to always turn to God to seek guidance and help. Thanky ou for sharing!

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