Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing; heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled.
By David Wilkerson
Sometimes the moments of our lives that seem like they should be our brightest can bring us the greatest tribulation and testing trials. Faith, especially at these times, is very demanding. It demands that once we hear God’s Word, we obey it. It doesn’t matter how big our obstacles may be, how impossible our circumstances. We’re to believe God’s Word and act on it. The Lord says, “My promise is all you need.”
Like every generation before us, we also wonder, “Lord, why am I faced with this test? It’s beyond my comprehension. You’ve allowed so many things in my life that don’t make sense. Why is there no explanation for what I’m going through? Why is my soul so troubled, so filled with great trials?”
How does the Lord answer our cries? He sends his Word, reminding us of his promises. He says, “Simply obey me. Trust my Word to you.”
Please don’t misunderstand me. Our God is a loving Father. He doesn’t allow his people to suffer indiscriminately. We know he has at his disposal all the power and willingness to make every problem and heartbreak go away. He can merely speak a word and rid us of every trial and struggle.
Yet, the fact is that God isn’t going to show us how or when he’ll fulfill his promises to us. Why? He doesn’t owe us any explanation when he has already given us the answer. He’s given us everything we need for life and godliness in his Son, Jesus Christ. He is all we need for every situation life throws at us, and God is going to stand on the Word he has already revealed.
At the beginning of his ministry, Jesus stood up before a synagogue and read from the book of Isaiah, “’The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.’ …And he began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’” (Luke 4:18-19, 21).
We have that promise today. We have had healing for our broken hearts, liberty from our captivity and new sight given to us. We simply must hold to Jesus’ promise by faith.