Is God Hiding In Times Of Trouble?
We are seeing the pride of the wicked boasting about their plans to kill the innocent, steal freedoms, and destroy through violence. People are tired, at a loss, and afraid. The heaviness of the oppression can be felt in the air. We feel helpless and hopeless. It’s like watching a 1500-ft wave coming towards you, and you know you can not stop it or change its course. It brings certain death and destruction with it.
We find that very feeling of no hope and no help in Psalm 10. God seems to not notice the evil deeds and schemes of the liars and cheaters. The prideful boast of their ungodliness and God appears to do nothing. Is this true?
Psalm 10:1-18 1 Why standest thou afar off, O Lord? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble? 2 The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined. 3 For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth. 4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. 5 His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them. 6 He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.
7 His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity. 8 He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor. 9 He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net. 10 He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones. 11 He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it. 12 Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.
13 Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it. 14 Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless. 15 Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none. 16 The Lord is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land. 17 Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear: 18 To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.
Is God Doing Nothing?
But we, believers, know our God sees all things (Psalm 10:14). We trust and lean on the goodness and justice of God. Though the ungodly are deceived thinking they will not be held accountable, there will be a day when the works of our hands will be revealed and judged (Psalm 10:14-15).
Is There Hope In Jesus Christ?
There is hope in Jesus Christ for those seeking and wanting to be set free. There is a bright spotlight shining on the hopelessness felt in this world. People live in fear of what tomorrow will bring. They see no hope for a better tomorrow. Why? Because worldly hope is temporary and false. Faith in Jesus Christ gives eternal and living hope (1 Peter 1:3-5). Everyone, including believers, struggle with fear and doubt. It only takes a glance at the storm for us to falter. When we struggle we find encouragement and hope in God’s word (Romans 15:4)… read full bible study
Hold onto the truth, leaders come and go (Daniel 2:21) but the LORD reigns over all things forever (Psalm 10:16, 103:19).
It may appear God does not hear our prayers. Instead, His silence wants us to seek Him deeply and intimately. Don’t believe our heavenly Father does not hear His children’s cries for help. Choose to stand firm on the Solid Rock of our salvation, Jesus the Christ.
Hebrews 4:15-16 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need