Sunday, April 26, 2009

When Faith Dies...

Did you think anger at God was recent?
Listen to Psalm 77.

An Asaph Psalm
1 "I yell out to my God, I yell with all my might, I yell at the top of my lungs. He listens."

I think all people everywhere turn to God when there is trouble.

2 -6 "I found myself in trouble and went looking for my Lord; my life was an open wound that wouldn't heal. When friends said, "Everything will turn out all right," I didn't believe a word they said."

"I remember God—and shake my head. I bow my head—then wring my hands. I'm awake all night—not a wink of sleep; I can't even say what's bothering me. I go over the days one by one, I ponder the years gone by. I strum my lute all through the night, wondering how to get my life together."

There is distress so deep that no one can share it. Typically we turn to God for help, for comfort. But what if He doesn't meet our expectations?

7 -10 "Will the Lord walk off and leave us for good? Will he never smile again? Is his love worn threadbare? Has his salvation promise burned out? Has God forgotten his manners? Has he angrily stalked off and left us? "

That's when we come to some conclusions. I need God. He isn't there. Maybe He doesn't care. Maybe He is powerless. What if? What if it is all a myth? A Sunday School story? A fantasy?

What if there NEVER WAS anything to this? It really is just a crutch? Leaned on by those too weak to face life head on?

"Just my luck," I said. "The High God goes out of business just the moment I need him."

What if?

What if?

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