Do you have situations in your life that hang like a storm cloud in the back of your mind?
Do you stare at the television and wish that some TV personalities were right and that giving to them would make all your worries disappear?
Do you wonder if you are getting pushed to the back of the line when God chooses which prayers will be answered?
It's not that you don't believe.
It's not that you don't have devotions or read your Bible.
It's not that you are breaking God's commandments.
Life is just hard and so much of the time you look to heaven and wonder, "What am I doing wrong? Is there something I've missed? What should I be doing to correct this issue?"
You aren't a bad person - you are just weary with the trials of life.
You are a positive person.
You believe that God CAN do anything.
You trust him with your life.
And yet.....there's that inner voice that cries out "What do you want from me? What do I do now?"
A young man named David has a wonderful answer for you. I think today I need the comfort his writing provides.
"To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God.
Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame,
but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse.
Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths;
guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
Remember, O Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old.
Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me, for you are good, O Lord.
Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.
All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful
for those who keep the demands of his covenant.
For the sake of your name, O Lord, forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
Who then, is the man that fears the Lord?
He will instruct him in the way chosen for him.
He will spend his days in prosperity, and his descendants will inherit the land.
The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.
My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare.
Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.
The troubles of my heart have multiplied; free me from my anguish.
Look upon my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins.
See how my enemies have increased and how fiercely they hate me!
Guard my life and rescue me; let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope is in you."
Thank you King David for reminding me that if I keep my eyes on God he will not only instruct me on what to do he will also love and protect me.
I will pray for all of you and I hope you find comfort today.
God loves you,