“Be not far from Me, For trouble is near; For there is none to help” (Psalm 22:11).
Often, when we face trouble in life, we are tempted to complain that God has withdrawn from us. Seemingly unheard, unsought and unhelped we cry out ‘My God why hast thou forsaken me?’ Yet, in our state of limbo, we should remember Him who has assured us: “Can a woman forget her nursing child….? I will not forget you” (Isaiah 49:15). King David wrote this Psalm 22 from his prayers when he was in great distress. It is a kind of experience Christ was to pass through before He would have His full glory back in heaven. On the cross, Christ, in His sufferings, also cried
earnestly to His Father.
When you are downcast, it is beautiful to remember God. He is the only solution to your problems. After the outburst and cries of the Psalmist, he still muttered “Our fathers trusted in You; They trusted, and You delivered them” (Psalm 22:4). Remembering and trusting God in times of sorrow is the quickest way out of trouble. Who do you remember when you are depressed, distressed, disappointed, dejected and rejected? Do you follow the example of our Lord Jesus Christ by
remembering your Father in heaven who cannot fail. If you do not forsake Him, He will not forsake you. The problems in your life can help you to realise the need for dependence on God and faith in His word. Jesus’ sufferings led to God’s glory, so will yours too, if you remember God in the time of your troubles.
1. Father, may I remember You in my time of distress and trouble.
2. I receive faith that moves the mountains and calms the storm.