I thank God because in the most difficult times, I know he can still speak. Although we serve the all powerful, grand, all knowing God who is much bigger than ourselves, he is also the God who is personal, intimate, and ever present, even when we don’t fell like it.
In the midst of difficult circumstances, we tend to forget about God. We think he is not listening, is unconcerned with our issues, does not hear when we cry out and certainly will not answer our prayers. The enemy wants us to look at the reality of our lives and become self-absorbed, lose sight of God, forget about others, and host a pity party. When faced with difficult situations, it is important to remember the truths of God’s Word.
Sometimes when you are angry or exhausted from life, you don’t know how to approach God. It has been said when times get hard, we should pray. But what should we do when we don’t know what to pray? Some sit in silence out of reverence for the Lord and wait patiently for him. (Most people are not good with that approach.) In the Black churches where I was raised, people would sometimes consider, “If I can’t say a word, then I’ll just wave my hands,” or “When you don’t have the words, simply moan or cry out to God with groans that cannot be uttered.” Later, I discovered that other people would simply shout or dance before the Lord like David did with all freedom until their legs burned and they could no longer hold themselves up. Only then would they collapse to rest in peace knowing that in spite of their current circumstance, God is God and he is at work in the midst of their situation.