Learning The Lessons Of Lament

Devotional

The Israelites believed that when the face of the Lord was turned toward them, it was a sign of blessing and acceptance. So the worst thing anyone could ever experience was for God to turn his face away. It was akin to abandonment—of God forgetting them. 


How easy it is for us to think that God might forget us. How easy it is for doubts to creep in, slowly at first, and then to almost overwhelm us. Let me suggest that it’s okay to express our fears and doubts. It’s important for us to face disturbing realities in this world. As Christians we must learn to live with disturbing realities like unanswered prayers and what feels like the absence of God in our lives. 


Question: Do you ever question: has God forgotten me? Did God ever love me? Does prayer work? Does God even exist?