“But you, O Lord, be not far off; O my Strength, come quickly to help me.” –Psalm 22:19 (NIV)
Birds will do anything for their children. They will often fly for long periods of time searching for food to bring back home to the nest. But imagine what the wait must be like for their young. Only recently having entered the world, they are unable to provide for themselves, helpless and completely dependant on their parents. Their hungry stomachs cry out for food and they loudly chirp hoping that their cries will be attended to. However, no matter the wait, the infant hatchlings are faithfully provided and cared for. Their parents always return with food to sustain their young lives and strengthen them in order to help them grow. As long as the parents are alive, the hatchlings can rest in the assurance of them as being their source of strength.
When we are going through trials we often cry out to God for relief and deliverance. Yet sometimes it seems that despite our cries nothing appears to be happening and we grow discouraged. In our desperation we run after things which, although promising to be a never failing source of strength, soon prove to be foundations prone to crumble and fall. Perhaps in our anxiety we have recklessly charged into situations in our own wisdom instead of placing our trust in God’s faithfulness. He will always give us what we need and when we need it the most according to His perfect will. When we have chosen Christ to be our foundation and have allowed Him to carry out His redemptive work in our hearts, we can find eternal hope in Him knowing that He will always provide for us. He will make His faithfulness known to us if we simply choose to wait on Him, thereby strengthening our faith in Him who holds the universe in place. In Him we can trust in His eternity as our sure foundation, knowing that He will never leave nor forsake us.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.