Christians often experience times where it no longer feels like God is in control. The circumstances of our daily lives are always changing and sometimes it can feel like God is, too. Evil seems to be dominating and good is nowhere in sight. We may acknowledge that the Bible tells us that God never changes (James 1:7), but in moments of pain and desperation we cease to believe it.
The book of Psalms is filled with the prayers and cries of God’s people who were entering into similar times of struggle. We can learn from their experiences by praying the same prayers of desperation the authors did. In Psalm 77, Asaph is desperately inquiring of God’s character. He cries:
“Will the Lord reject forever and never again show favor?
Has His faithful love ceased forever?
Is His promise at an end for all generations?
Has God forgotten to be gracious?
Has He in anger withheld His compassion?”
In Asaph’s moment of desperation, he begins to doubt that God never changes. He begins to believe that God’s character is no longer rooted in faithful love, grace, and compassion.
What’s interesting about this Psalm is that resolution, in the form of a great miraculous answer from God, never comes. Instead, Asaph declares that although he is grieved that God has changed, he will dwell on the works that God accomplished in the past to remind him of God’s faithfulness.
We may not always receive an immediate response from God, but this should never deter us from crying out in our times of great need. God is faithful, even during times where it feels like he has left us alone. The peace that Asaph is searching for is found by dwelling on what God has already accomplished in our lives.
The next time we begin to doubt who God is, remember that it is okay for us to wrestle with this doubt. We may even cry out and question God, as Asaph did. But let’s not forget to also dwell on all that God has already accomplished. In doing so, we will be reminded of God’s dependability.