Joseph Iregbu

Purpose Guy

What to Do When Man Questions Your God

A few days ago, I immersed myself in Psalm 3. The Psalms is probably that single book in the Bible that genuinely has a word for most of life’s situation. Such a powerful book.

Questions

Words are powerful

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits” — Proverbs 18:21.

In chapter 3, we see David (the man after God’s heart) faced with one of the most significant challenges of his life. His own son (Absalom) had turned against him, taken over his throne and sought to kill him.

On the run for his life, he prayed (and penned) the words of Psalm 3. I believe the Psalms provided David opportunity for personal reflection and a platform for prayer and worship, even in the most challenging experiences — something every Christian must have.

Words are powerful. So are the tongue that speak and hands that write them.

When man questions your God

“O Lord, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; many are saying of my soul, there is no salvation for him in God.” – Psalm 3:1-2.

Are you going through a similar cycle like David? Are you surrounded by many ‘impossible’ situations and ‘unbearable’ people? Are people failing to comprehend your pain?

Maybe you’re not chased by a son like David was, but you’re being judged by friends because of your lack of financial power, a decent job or life partner. Maybe you’ve experienced repeated failures in life.

Maybe some are asking; “Will his God ever come through in this one?

Maybe…

I’ve experienced rejection and despair first hand. God has been questioned a few times on my account in the past. And while it was hard to bear, I did something I learned from David.

Listen to David

If you’re feeling like your life is being eclipsed by too many troubles than you can bear, turn to and learn a lesson or two from David. As helpless as he felt on the run, he found strength to pray:

“But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head” – Psalm 3:3 

Rather than focus on his troubles, David chose to look up to God. Mocked, but he looked up to God. Deserted by his own, but he looked up to God. He chose to look up.

Right now, I think David would say to you: “Look up and don’t give up!”

When God steps into your situation, everything changes. His presence makes all the difference. He will turn things around for you.

“But Thou O Lord…” is all you need right now! Invite Him. Embrace Him.

In prayer, remind your soul of God’s past faithfulness and trust Him for present and future grace.

He’s your Shield of protection from danger. He’s your glory and honour. He will lift your head and restore your courage.

Image courtesy of Rajiv Patel

About Joseph Iregbu

From a homeless, near-school-dropout to living a story worth telling. Purpose is my passion. What's your story?

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2 Replies

  1. Amen, powerful post.
    I love that God doesn’t just provide a refuge, He IS our refuge.

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