You and I are not unique in our doubting of God’s presence, care, and provision. Sometimes circumstances can lead us to forget the character of God, and focus instead on the more apparent problems. Doubt, however uncomfortable, is a natural feeling to those of the faith. Consider those before us who also struggled — people like David who asked heart-wrenching questions of God.
“How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?” (Psalm 13:1)
Though our questions may be worded differently, the intensity is the same. Though our circumstances may differ from David’s, the doubt we experience is universal. David provides a great example of a man experiencing sorrows and questioning God. Yet, he is also indicative of someone who has come to learn something valuable in His relationship. David recognized that God’s love for people was profound, unusual, and truly divine.
“When I observe your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you set in place,
what is a human being that you remember him,
a son of man that you look after him?” (Psalm 8:3-4)
What we can learn from David is that though we experience the emotion of doubt, we have to remind ourselves of fact. Emotions come and go, but truth is everlasting, and the truth of our God is one that does not change with time (Hebrews 13:8). In David’s own words, we see the truth. God cared for him. God cares for us. He cares for us before, during, and after we pray to Him. In reality, though we have the ability to pray to our Lord, He is already aware and concerned with our wellbeing.
If this is true, and indeed this is truth, why would God ever stop listening to our prayers?
Don’t just take my word, or even the word of David. Scripture is filled with examples of God’s love, His protection, His care. Every instance is a reminder that God hears our prayers.
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