Seeking God In The Hard Times

Have you ever been in a difficult trial and you know that you were in that trial because of your own sin? You knew that you should cry out to God for help, but you were afraid to do it because of your sin. Or maybe your problems were not due to deliberate sin, but because of immaturity or the choices you have made. Even though you have prayed for guidance and wisdom. I know I have done some things in my life that have gotten me in a heap of trouble? I’m sure we’ve all done it. But what should we do in such times?

In my immaturity, I have done some pretty stupid things. While I know there will always be consequences to the decisions I’ve made.

We’ve all made mistakes.

Psalm 25 teaches us to seek God in the hard times, no matter what the reason we are in those hard times. No matter what we feel. Psalm 25 tells us “if any one lacks wisdom, we need to ask God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But we must ask God in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed in the wind. James 12:3 tells us by faith to seek God and His wisdom in our trials. That’s also what David tells in Psalm 25:

“No matter how difficult your trials are or what their cause, seek the Lord for Him wisdom and trust Him to work His glory for your good.

Psalm 25

The fact is God’s people often find themselves in difficult, frightening circumstances.

While we can’t be certain about David’s circumstances in Psalm 25, we can be certain of his repeated references to his sins, including the sins of his youth, he must have been older. Since his sin with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband led to the events of Absolom’s revolt, it was probably written during that episode,

David’s has treacherous enemies that seeking to kill him. David had many enemies and they hated him with violence. They have gained the upper hand and verse 19 tells us that David’s feet have already been caught in their net. This is when felt lonely and afflicted and his troubles were growing worse. But his repeated requests for God teach him imply that he is confused in the midst of the mess he was in.

In our walk with God many of us I’m may ask ourselves “I been following the Lord and being obedient why am I experiencing all of these trials. But if you read your Bible. Many of the most godly men and women in the Bible went through difficult trials. All the years I have been a Christian I have learned sometimes the difficult circumstances that we face are due to our own sin or shortcomings.

In Psalm 25:7 David prays, “ Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions.” Apparently his sins later in life dredged up the sins that he had committed in earlier years, and he cry’s out “( For your name’s sake O Lord, pardon my iniquity, for it is great.”

The closer we draw to the Lord, the more hideous the sins that we’ve committed in our life appear. Some off my sins from my earlier days keep coming back to haunt me. I think how could I have done those things? What was I thinking. The answer is I wasn’t thinking. But at the same time I know God had my back and was protecting me. God’s grace kept me from doing some things that could have had far more serious circumstances.

I try not to dwell on those sins, because I know I have been forgiven. But they still come to mind it reminds me how corrupt my heart not only was but still is (I am still susceptible to the same sins) I thank God for His great love that sent His son to bear my penalty for those sins. And I realize my huge need for grace and my need to extend God’s grace for other, as He had done for me.

We are all sinners, and when we recognize sin, we need to repent and turn away from that sin to receive God’s forgiveness and grace. It’s a daily battle that we must keep fighting until the Lord takes us home.

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