Subtitled: Coming to Terms with Divine Benevolence Purposely Withheld by the Omnipotent God
Translation: How we should respond when the God Who can, won’t (alter, change our circumstances).
I admitted this morning in church that this endeavor called “life” is a lot harder than I had anticipated. Disappointments have multiplied. Suffering induced from the fall of man has fallen–repeatedly.
Sometimes the glass actually is half-empty.
A dear friend often describes his currently undiagnosed illness as “excruciating pain.” Another friend is fighting to save his wife’s life. Yet another friend continues to live the life of a single while very much desiring to be married.
And the list could go on
Life is hard.
Thankfully, God often will.
But sometimes God won’t.
This morning our Scripture reading passage in the worship service was Psalm 62. In my comments prior to reading the passage, I pointed out two of the anchors of my life: God’s sovereign omnipotence and God’s divine benevolence. David wrote,
“Once God has spoken; twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God; And lovingkindness is Yours, O Lord” (62:11).
Here is how the NIV renders the verse:
“One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving.”
Ponder these thoughts from Charles Spurgeon:
“What reason for faith is here! It can never be unwise to rest upon the almighty arm. Out of all troubles He can release us, under all burdens sustain us…[and regarding God’s lovingkindness]…This tender attribute sweetens this grand thought of His power: the divine strength will not crush us, but will be used for our good” (The Treasury of David, p.52).
Something displeasing to David was happening. It is clear from verses 3 & 4 and 9 & 10 that David was facing opposition from ungodly individuals (a rather frequent experience for him). His life was being affected by two-faced liars (62:4).
Question–How is your life being affected? What opposition are you currently facing?
Surely your life isn’t “a bed of roses.” You may sense God’s friendship over your tent (Job 29:4). You may be in a season of ease. If so, give thanks to God. He is proving to be exceedingly kind to you.
Most of you, however, are feeling the fire of trials. You are experiencing the natural results of the fall. You intimately relate to: When God won’t. If that accurately describes you, allow me to share the words David spoke to himself in Psalm 62:5-7.
“My soul, wait in silence of God only, For my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be shaken. On God my salvation and my glory rests; The rock of my strength, my refuge is God.”
David called the Lord his Rock, his Salvation, his Stronghold. It is clear that amidst the difficulties he was facing, David was running to God, not away from Him.
Where are you running?
Let’s be honest. We have run from God rather than to God. We’ve all been guilty of that insanity. Hopefully we are running in the right direction today.
In fact–that is David’s exhortation to all of us. He wrote,
“Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah.”
Do you see the word “Selah”? That particular word appears twice in this Pslam. It literally means: pause and consider. God’s people are to contemplate that God is omnipotent and omnibenevolent (69:11). He is all-powerful and all-good.
In light of these eternal truths, we are to trust Him “at all times.” We are to pray honestly–pouring out our hearts to Him. We are to remember–and take great comfort in the fact–that He is our refuge.
Cup half-empty? Circumstances overwhelming? Trials untimely?
Join me in running to Christ, not from Him!