God has not left us
There are more psalms about suffering than any other type. Many times when we are suffering we question God. We wonder if His love is temporary. We wonder if God is angry with us. A look at God’s history with His people will change our minds. The psalmist had the same questions. “I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me. In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted. I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah. Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak. I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times. I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search. Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favourable no more? Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore? Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah.” (Psalm 77:1-9 KJV) We may feel like God has deserted us but He has promised never to leave us or forsake us. We need to do what the psalmist did. “And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High. I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings. Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God? Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people. Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.” (Psalm 77:10-15 KJV) The psalmist didn’t base his faith on the present circumstances but on what God had done in the past. We need to look back in our life and see how God has brought us through times of trouble and suffering. God is always there ready and willing to help us. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.” (Psalm 46:1-3 KJV) No matter what is going on in our lives, God has the power and authority to help us in times of trouble and suffering. “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.” (Psalm 46:10-11 KJV) Remembering who God is and what He has done in the past gives us confidence that He is with us and will help us through whatever we are going through.