Psalms 27:13 – I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

I was talking with a friend the other day about tough times in life, and God’s role in them.  There are a couple ways to look at tough times, 1) the situation is God’s will and He’s using it to develop our character to make us more like Himself, or 2) the situation is not God’s will, but God can still work inside the situation to bring us good, like developing our character.  Funny how there’s a common theme there, isn’t it?

One thing I mentioned was that as Christians we have this amazing benefit of knowing that God is working for our benefit in good times or in bad.  Though we still have the uncertainty of the present situation and how it will work out, God removes the anxiety.  There is no need to be overwhelmed or to lose heart because we will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living, whether that means we will live to see the sunshine after our present situation, or look back someday after the resurrection morning and see how God always worked for our good.

I see this verse in Psalms, an old favorite, as a combination of faith, hope, and love.  With an abiding love for God, we have hope in all situations.  All of them, Auschwitz, yours, all of them, and we have faith that in our situation we will see God’s goodness now or with a future heavenly 20/20.

Don’t lose heart.