She Reads Truth posted a challenge to their readers during Lent. Every Friday, they asked other women to compose and share a short devotional. The result? Hundreds of takes on a single passage of scripture. I've loved being a part of this community of women, so I was thrilled to delve into the Word with them. I can't wait to see what everyone posted. You can read more here! My two cents is below. :)
Text: Psalm 130
My seven-month old loves to be held. If I leave him alone for a few minutes, he starts to scan the room with a wrinkled brow and panicky eyes searching for any sign of a family member. Then, we he spots one of us, the theatrics begin. He throws back his giant head, reaches for us with his chubby little arms, and starts babbling "Om-ma" or "Da-da" in the saddest, most adorable little voice in exsistence. He just wants to be loved. That's all he wants. While at times it can feel a little exhausting, I love giving in and I love how genuine his request is. We all crave affection and attention, but children don't mask it. No games. No facade. They just put it out there.
Recently, our senior pastor, Eric Hughes, said something that struck a chord, "God just wants faith." Much like my demanding little boy, God puts His desire clearly and repeatedly under our noses. From Genesis to Revelation, God's people believe what He says and it changes their lives. The righteous live by faith, not sight. (Romans 1:16, Hebrews 11) He is after our trust.
God wants more for His people than a contented, comfortable life. He wants us to hope in Him even when our circumstances scream the very opposite. The moments when we don't feel forgiven, when His promises seem distant, when despair creeps in, that is when God longs for us to look to Him like the psalmist and declare, "Out of the depths I cry, O Lord!" This psalm gives God what he is after, a desperate belief in a mighty Savior. It is a picture of what our heart should look like in those rocky moments: broken, but clinging to the One who has surely saved us.
It isn't an easy request to meet. "Waiting on God requires the willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question, lifting the heart to God about it whenever it intrudes upon one's thoughts," notes Elisabeth Elliot. It is a hourly struggle to beat back unbelief and trust that this moment is for His glory and our good. This morning, let us lay our questions, our struggles, our sins at His feet and wait. Let's give Him what He wants.