Devon Hampson | Compel Crew
We are not promised that following Jesus will be easy. While God is very real, so is the enemy. And the enemy wants nothing more than to derail our faith and distract us from the prize that Jesus promises.
In Psalm 13, David writes a plea to God to remember him, to send him help. David – the one that was a man after God’s own heart, the one that was called and anointed, the one with faith so strong he couldn’t help but write praises. This David experienced pain and darkness. He questioned God. He was angry and in despair. He had a moment of uncertainty.
He was worried. And like we all have at some point, he cried out to God.
“How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, and my enemy will say, ‘I have overcome him,’ and my foes will rejoice when I fall.” [Psalm 13:1-4]
These moments are unavoidable. It’s the enemy’s attempt to drag us out of God’s light and into the darkness. So, we have to be prepared. But how?
Press into scripture. Reading the Word helps us go from a human perspective to a faith one. Scripture is our pipeline to hope.
Be persistent in prayer. Prayer doesn’t need to be eloquent or pretty, it just needs to be. God longs to hear from us, from our praise to our grumblings, He wants it all. When we pray, we release control over things and allow God to do His work.
Protect your eyes and ears. We produce what we consume. If we consume negativity and doubt, we will produce negativity and doubt. On the other hand, if we consume hope, we produce hope.
Pick your community. We are designed for connection. We are wired to seek relationship with others. A positive, God-centered community will encourage us and keep us on the right path.
When we say yes to Jesus, dark cave moments are inevitable. And although things will get hard and seem hopeless, when we keep our eyes fixed above, we will be able to defeat the dark.
David knew this, even in his darkness. After crying out to God, questioning if He was listening, worrying that he’d been forgotten, David rejoiced, gave control to God, and allowed hope to settle in.
“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.” [Psalm 13:5-6]
God’s got this. All of our dark moments and our uncertainty – God has it all in His hands. And His promises remain. Hope remains.