One Day at a Time Devotional
Have you ever forgotten someone’s name or perhaps had your own name forgotten by an individual you’ve met before? Growing up, I was the middle child in a family of five children. Often my dad would attempt to call my name only to become frustrated as he spouted off each child’s name (accept mine), his siblings names, and a couple times he even went through the names of the family pets before getting it right. How humiliating to be degraded to the status of the family pet!
David, the author of the book of Psalms thirteen, felt forgotten by God. He was the King of Israel, a man who had fought many battles. His battles were not just from neighboring countries or even the Philistines, but there were personal battles of sin in his own life, the death of his child, struggles with rebellious children within his family and many other trials of life that he had experienced. David pleaded to God for deliverance and remembrance. Have you ever felt forgotten by God as David did?
Can you imagine David kneeling on the floor in his bedroom before God with eyes and hands stretched towards heaven, begging God to listen and to answer his prayers? As he kneels before God, he says “How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me? Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.” David felt forgotten by God.
I imagine David in despair, walking in circles within his room saying to himself, “Where is God? I’ve prayed and prayed, but I can’t get an answer. I am so burdened, but I don’t know how to fix this problem. Every day I am looking for God to show up and to fix this, but each day it gets worse. Lord, where are you? Why won’t you fix this now?” Do you know how David feels? Can you place yourself within his shoes?
Again, David does not give up on solving his problem. He tries again to get God’s attention and says, “ Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;” David begs God to remember him and to give him the strength to continue. David was so burdened that he thought he would die without God’s help. Have you ever been there or are you experiencing this pain now? If so, I have good news!
God is listening. He hears you and He knows your pain. “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” I John 5:14-15.
God is on your side and He loves you. If you are struggling with a burden, a sin, or a relationship today, don’t quit on God. Don’t imitate the foolish person, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.” Psalm 14:1a. God is real and He will answer your prayers in His time, according to His will, and your response is to patiently wait on Him.
The wondrous thing about David is that he never gave up on God. He trusted that God would answer his prayers even at his lowest moments. David says, “But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.”
They key to David’s success as king of Israel was his relationship with God. Though David felt forgotten by God, he looked back at all the times that God answered his prayers and delivered him from trouble before. David took the time to encourage himself by remembering all the many blessings God has already given him. In I Samuel 30:6, David was greatly distressed as his life was threatened by his own countrymen, but at this low moment in his life is when David chose to look up to God and encourage himself in the Lord.
Today, if you are struggling with sin in your life and are seeking deliverance, remember God and don’t give up. “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.” Proverbs 24:16. Today, if you are feeling forgotten, remember God is with you “for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5.
Lastly, if you are under attack today by those around you remember God is with you, “ So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Hebrews 13:6.
As you face each day anew, seek God through prayer and obedience. God has not forgotten you. You are more than a number to God, you are His creation, you are His child and He loves you. Don’t give up on God because He never gives up on you.
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