How Long?

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

David was honest. His conclusion? God had forgotten him. He hoped that God would ease his sorrows but it didn’t seem that He would come to his aid. In fact, David felt defeated and discouraged. While still seeking help, he was overwhelmed with this question: “How long?”

How long would he have to endure these problems? How long would he be overwhelmed with sorrow? How long would he feel defeated? How long until God kept His promises?

The end of the Psalm reminds us that David’s faith eventually was restored: “I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me.” Gloom and doubt were replaced by praise. Looking back, he declared that he never lost faith but trusted in His lovingkindness.

The cry, “How long,” was common throughout the Bible. Having prayed, needing help, men and women wondered when God might act. Knowing that his soul was “greatly dismayed,” David asked God, “How long?” (Psalm 6:3). He asked “How long will You look on,” and rescue his soul? (Psalm 35:17).

Others asked the same questions. “How long” would their enemies revile God? (Psalm 74:9-10). “How long” before He would act? “Will You hide Yourself forever?” (Psalm 89:46).

Do you ever feel that God has forgotten you? Do you wonder how long it will be until your prayers are answered? Until you receive the help you need? Until God’s enemies are defeated?

If you ever feel this way, remember that, like David, you can be honest with God. Express your concerns. But, like David, remember that, regardless of how things appear, God has not forgotten you. Trust Him. Believe that He will answer your prayers, and bring you victory.