The lot is cast into the lap,
but its every decision is from the Lord
Anxiety is in the air everyone breathes. The uncertainty that is an overwhelming part of everyday life makes planning feel impossible. Parents and children are wondering what the school year will be like. Adults wonder whether they will be working at home or not. Everyone is uncertain what the impact will be if they, and for those around them, test positive for COVID-19. The list of factors fueling the anxiety being experienced feels endless.
King David’s situation was different when Psalm 70 was penned. Although, the situation is not clear; it is clear that David was feeling intense anxiety about his situation. His anxiety flowed from the tension he felt between what he believed with his whole heart to be true and what his circumstances communicated. He believed with his whole heart that God was in control, his circumstances told him otherwise. Does this sound familiar?
In spite of his circumstances, David writes:
But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you;
May those who long for your saving help always say, “The Lord is great!”
Bust as for me, I am poor and needy; come quickly to me, O God.
You are my help and my deliver; Lord, do not delay.
As a community how can we, encourage, support and build each other up in a manner that fosters a spirit of certainty, hope and contentment in Christ rather than anxiety?
As a community how can we invite others who do not know Christ to consider the certainty, hope and contentment that is available to them in the gospel?
Questions worth pondering.
Darwin K. Glassford