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Friday 15 March 
God's faith

 

Read Psalm 69:1–15
My eyes grow dim with waiting for my God. (verse 3b)

We may be in a desert of apparent abandonment by God, of loneliness, of temptation, of frustration at being unable to act or help in a situation, of sheer exhaustion. And it can seem endless. The psalmist speaks not of a dry desert but of drowning in mud or deep waters, struggling to survive. The struggle seems so long to him that his eyes seem to be tired out, or growing dim with age. But whether we think of ourselves as in a dry desert or a raging torrent, we can still only wait it out, wait for God to show himself and bring us out into fertile land, light or dry ground – however we see it.

Often our spiritual struggles in the desert are invisible to other people; they may have no idea what we are going through. At other times, however, outward circumstances will make it clear to others that the going is proving tough for us. Then, how we handle it can help or hinder their own faith. This does not mean that we always have to present a serene, untroubled face to the world, or always be cheerful. But neither should we be constantly complaining, as if God doesn’t know what he is doing. I hang on to St Paul’s words in his first letter to the Christians in Corinth: ‘God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it’ (1 Corinthians 10:13).

† Lord, I may feel that I cannot go on, but I know that you will not let me be tested beyond my strength. Amen