Today I am reading day 163 of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional:
God Is Real
ISA 8:17 The Lord has hidden himself from his people, but I trust him and place my hope in him.
1SA 13:14 But now your rule will not continue. Because you have disobeyed him, the Lord will find the kind of man he wants and make him ruler of his people.”
PSA 10:1 Why are you so far away, O Lord? Why do you hide yourself when we are in trouble?
DEU 31:8 The Lord himself will lead you and be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you, so do not lose courage or be afraid.”
It is easy to worship God when things are going great in your life – when he has provided food, friends, family, health, and happy situations. But what do you do when God seems a million miles away? How do you worship God then?
The deepest level of worship is praising God in spite of pain, thanking God during a trial, trusting him when tempted, surrendering while suffering, and loving him when he seems distant.
Friendships are often tested by separation and silence; you are divided by physical distance or you are unable to talk. In your friendship with God, you won’t always feel close to him.
David probably had the closest friendship with God of anyone. God took pleasure in calling him “a man after my own heart.” (1 Samuel 13:14)
Yet David frequently complained of God’s apparent absence:
“Lord, why are you standing aloof and far away? Why do you hide when I need you the most?” (Psalm 10:1 LB)
“Why have you forsaken me? Why do you remain so distant? Why do you ignore my cries for help?” (Psalm 22:1 NLT)
“Why have you abandoned me?” (Psalm 43:2 TEV)
Of course, God hadn’t really left David, and he doesn’t leave you. He has promised repeatedly, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)