September 22, 2021
How Long, God?
by Tracy Hester
"l will move past my enemies with this one, I sure hope: that with my own eyes. I will see the goodness of the Eternal One in the land of the living. Please, answer me, don't give up! Wait for the Eternal One in expectation and be strong. Again, wait for the Eternal One." Psalm 27:13-14 The Voice
Have you ever wondered if God has forgotten about you because you don't hear his voice, or you don't see him working in your situation? You've asked, "How long, God? I'm doing everything right reading my Bible, praying, serving others, leading a ministry, and even working on myself."
It seems as if God has placed the desires of your heart on pause. He hasn't said no or yes to your prayer and his will is vague. You are confused and apprehensive on whether you should move forward and take the risk or remain still.
In Psalm 13, David is in a desperate situation. He is praying and asking God how long questions. But then his attitude and prayer changes:
"How long, O Eternal One, how long will You forget me? Forever? How long will You look the other way? How long must I agonize & grieve Your absence in my heart every day? How long will You let my enemies win? Turn back; respond to me, O Eternal One, my True God! Put the spark of life in my eyes, or I'm dead. My enemies will boast that they have beaten me; my foes will celebrate that I have stumbled. But I trust in Your faithful love; my heart leaps at the thought of imminent deliverance by You. I will sing to the Eternal, for He is always generous with me" (Psalm 13 The Voice).
David's prayer is passionate. It expresses feelings of abandonment, fear, and insecurity because of his inability to feel God's presence. Although David was anxious and questioned whether God would come through for him, at the end of the psalm he demonstrates what we should do while waiting for God to come through for us. As He finished writing, David shifted his question to a confession. His how long changed to Hallelujah. David began to give God the highest praise during his emotional pain.
We are reminded in Philippians 4:6-7 not to be anxious about anything. Instead, if we pray about everything, the peace of God will come to us, and we will experience peace in our minds and hearts, despite our circumstances. While we wait on God, the solution is to pray, praise, and worship Him even when we don't feel like it. When David started praying, he remembered how God had come through for him in the past, and he immediately became hopeful God was going to come through for him again.
That hope is available to us today. Pray as David did. God has your back.
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About the author: Tracy Hester is a mentor, life coach, and a Bible teacher. She lives in Hercules, California, with her two children. She is excited about becoming a new grandmother in the fall of 2021 and releasing Get Up, Girl, Let’s Go in the spring of 2022. You can reach out to Tracy on Facebook or her website at tracyhester.com.
Tracy is the author of All Things New. When we experience personal struggles, we often hope He will remove our pain and instantaneously lift us from despair. But God's plans for us will not always work out in that way. So often God wants us to instead take a journey of healing that can change our lives.
Join the conversation: Are you living in the place of how long?