One of the wonderful things about God's Word is that it does not idealize the lives of his saints, nor paint unrealistic pictures of continual happiness and prosperity for God's servants. Instead, as we read the Scriptures, we find stories of men and women who, in spite of, or even because of their obedience to God, passed through times of grief and suffering, even to the point of despair. The psalmist David, who penned this plaintive prayer, endured years of persecution and exile at the hands of a man he had loved and served faithfully. And yet, despite the unfairness of his circumstances, he never became bitter, or tried to take matters into his own hands. Instead, he poured out his grief and sorrow before the Lord, professing all the while his continued trust in God's unfailing mercy (Psa. 13:5).
We can expect no easier road than the saints who have gone before us, but the refuge they found is open to us as well, now more abundantly because of Jesus. The darker the night of our earthly trial, the more tightly we must hold to our Savior's hand, remembering his promise that "In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)
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