How Long

“Oh Lord, how long?” (Psalm 6:3). The anguished cry of David in the Psalms echoes through the ages. Even the righteous Job lamented, “I cry out to you, God, but you do not answer me” (Job 30:20). These verses remind us that we’re not alone in feeling frustration with our circumstances and questioning God’s role in them.

Perhaps you’ve wondered, “Why me?” or felt like God isn’t listening during challenging times. As a parent or grandparent,you understand that frustration is often a cry for help, not a rejection. When a child throws a tantrum, it’s not because they hate you, but because they lack the vocabulary or emotional maturity to express their needs effectively.

The same is true for us with God. When we yell, “How long?” or plead for answers, it’s because we’re at our wit’s end. We’re turning to the one being we believe can provide solace and understanding.

God’s response may not always be the answer we crave. Sometimes, there might be a reason for the silence, a lesson we need to learn through struggle. Just as we allow our children to experience the consequences of their actions to help them grow, God might allow us to navigate difficult situations to build our faith and resilience.

This doesn’t mean God is indifferent. The lessons we learn as parents – patience, empathy, unconditional love – apply to our relationship with God as well. His love is constant, even if his answer isn’t what we expect.

Never doubt that God hears your cry, even when the answer seems like silence. Sometimes, God’s presence is the answer, a silent comfort in the storm. He might not fix everything, but He can walk beside us through the hardship.

Our frustrations, when channeled honestly, can become a bridge to a deeper relationship with God. They open a space for vulnerability, for true dependence on a higher power. So let your cries be heard, for they are not a rejection of God, but a desperate plea for the comfort and guidance only He can provide.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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