NO MATTER WHO WE ARE or how much faith we have, when we face or embrace pain and despair, we likely will cry out to God like the psalmist does in Psalm 42: “Why have you forgotten me?” (v. 9). When our faith in God plays an important role in our life, we naturally will trust God enough to cry out in our anguish—no matter how uncomfortable we feel in questioning or being angry at God. Many believe that questioning is contrary to faith; yet honest questioning is probably one of the most positive expressions of faithfulness and trust in God. Doubt and agonizing questions can only exist where we find profound love and respect—and God loves us and respects us enough to allow, and even welcome, our doubts and questions.
—John R. Wimmer
Blessed Endurance: Moving Beyond Despair to Hope
From page 28 of Blessed Endurance: Moving Beyond Despair to Hope by John R. Wimmer. Copyright © 2017 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
What question do you want to ask God today? Share your thoughts.
As a deer longs for flowing streams,
so my soul longs for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.
—Psalm 42:1-2, NRSV
This Week: May the God of everlasting hope grant you blessed endurance on your journey. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.
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