Shadows and Judges

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“My tears have been my food day and night, While they continually say to me, “Where [is] your God?”” (Ps 42:3 NKJV)

Life’s pathway has built into it times of sorrow. We often try to make sense of these periods by finding something God has done as a result. If we are honest, most of the time these periods make no sense at all. Sometimes confusion reigns within our thoughts. This only complicates the moment. Then to add to the pain there are those who hurl insults. “Where is you God” is a criticism and questioning of our faith. The sorrow alone causes us to question. When others add their “Two Cents” the questioning goes deeper, and the pain intensifies.

The life Judges who sit and criticize position themselves as superior in their faith. The challenge faced by those in the valley is to not pay them any attention. Every valley may not make sense. We don’t have to connect all the dots of life. Faith raises us above that childish level. Those weak in the faith have to see an unbroken line of successive victories, gradual climbs, and zero set backs. Often they manipulate the circumstance to place themselves in the best light. Their stories are a running commentary of their feats of faith. In short, they constantly brag in subdued tones.

As David cried out to the LORD, he kept his focus on his King. His judges would soon fade and his tears would turn to joy. David knew the LORD would not leave him in his circumstances. The deeper the valley, the greater the joy. When the LORD turns the tables and you are raised into His Presence, the Joy experienced overwhelms the sorrow. If you are in a valley whether deep or not, keep pressing on. The Grace of God has a firm grip upon your life. He will never let you go. The voices of those who judge you will fall silent as you listen to the One Who saved you. Lift up your head, your Savior is near.

Jesus is LORD!!

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