Look Further Ahead

LifeLink Devotions

Wednesday, December 2, 2012

Psalm 64:1  Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint;

My muscles are sore. My knee hurts. I have a headache. My wife is very sick with a cold. I didn’t get a deer during rifle season. These are the top complaints of my life right now.

Now before you go off in your mind into all the ways that your complaints are worse than mine, and start complaining about the fact that I am complaining, I really not complaining. I’m just making a point – a point that is profoundly declared in the sixty-fourth Psalm.

Psalm 64:1  Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint;

I learned two lessons from today’s Psalm. First, God’s love is so awesome that He allows me to come into His presence when I am at my worst. When I am emotionally distraught and need to vent, God listens to me. He doesn’t turn His back on me. He doesn’t send me away and tell me to come back when I’m feeling better. He doesn’t reject me.

His love for me is expressed in glorious compassion and care.

In His great grace he cuddles and coddles me.

He understands my hurts.

He opens His heart.

He offers His help.

The people of Yugoslavia have a proverb – complain to one who can help you. God is that One!

Second, I learned that my complaints are usually caused by my short-sightedness. The help that God offers me in times of distress is that He reveals more of His nature, character, and purpose to me.

In this Psalm King David started out complaining, but while he did God was working to show him the bigger picture. David had become overwhelmed by the immediate and God’s answer was to reveal to Him how it all ends. David’s problem, like mine and yours, is that we sometimes don’t look far enough ahead.

Eight-year-old Frank had looked forward for weeks to this particular Saturday because his father had promised to take him fishing if the weather was suitable. There hadn’t been any rain for weeks and as Saturday approached, Frank was confident of the fishing trip. But, wouldn’t you know it, when Saturday morning dawned, it was raining heavily and it appeared that it would continue all day.

Frank wandered around the house, peering out the windows and grumbling more than a little. “Seems like the Lord would know that it would have been better to have the rain yesterday than today,” he complained to his father who was sitting by the fireplace, enjoying a good book. His father tried to explain to Frank how badly the rain was needed, how it would make the flowers grow and bring much needed moisture to the farmers’ crops. But Frank was adamant.

“It just isn’t right,” he said over and over.

Then, about three o’clock, the rain stopped. Still time for some fishing, and quickly the gear was loaded and they were off to the lake. Whether it was the rain or some other reason, the fish were biting hungrily and father and son returned with a full string of fine, big fish.

At supper, when some of the fish were ready, Frank’s mom asked him to say grace. Frank did—and concluded his prayer by saying, “And, Lord, if I sounded grumpy earlier today it was because I couldn’t see far enough ahead.”

No doubt much of our complaining is because we “can’t see far enough ahead.” Or maybe we can but we simply choose to not look far enough ahead. Don’t let the current circumstances dictate your demeanor. Look ahead – God has big plans already in the works. Look ahead into what He is going to do and rejoice.

Pastor John

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