Rise up and help us; rescue us because of your unfailing love. (Ps. 44:26)
I remember reaching into my student mailbox at IWU and pulling out an envelope of cash. I’d shared my tuition need in psychology class during our opening prayer, and then the envelope arrived anonymously. Our professor reminded us that God owns the cattle on a thousand hills; he could and would take care of me.
Each year, it seems, my family has a financial need of some sort: mission trips, medical bills, reliable vehicles, or moving from security into a season of unknown. The Lord has been good to provide. He’s used his people, to be sure, but everything has come from his hand.
My family is currently living in a season of financial pressure. It feels like we shouldn’t be here again, asking for his provision and wisdom when he’s come to our rescue so many times in the past, and we’ve learned to be better stewards along the way. I want to blame God, to take our need and what seems like his silence right now, to ask him hard questions. Why? When and how? Rescue us!
The psalmist, confident in his relationship with God, asked the hard questions also, crying out for rescue from the God he’d learned to trust from his ancestors’ stories. The hero of the Israelites’ tales of glory is our hero too, in the midst of hard seasons. He can handle our questions.
Continue the conversation with God. He can handle your questions.
Jamie Hilty is a Wesleyan pastor’s kid. She currently serves with her pastor-husband in Goshen, Indiana, and has served as a contributing writer for Annesley Writer’s Forum.
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