TEXT: Psalm 62:5-8
Last time when we checked in on the progress of Christian along his pilgrimage, you will recall that he was climbing up the Hill called Difficulty. We learned from Scripture that each of us will face difficulty and trouble in our Christian walk. But, what do you do when it seems like you are facing more than you can handle? What do you do when the trouble you are facing becomes too much to bear?
We serve a God who not only allows us to experience trouble, but He sustains us through the trouble that we experience. Many Christians who have come out of a difficult period in their lives can look back and say, ‘It is only by the grace of God that I survived. It is only by the grace of God that I got through that difficult situation.’
How does God sustain us through trouble? Let’s look at three ways from the word of God.
1. God sustains us by providing for our every need. The psalmist says, “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.” The psalmist says that in the midst of his trouble, he will wait on God. What does it mean to wait on God? Well, the Hebrew word translated as “wait” in the King James Version means “to be silent” and “to be still.”
The psalmist tells us that in the midst of his time of trouble, he will not be complaining about his circumstances. He will not be trying to make things happen in his own strength. Rather, he will sit quietly and sit still and wait on God.
The psalmist is confident that God will provide for his every need. He stresses his confidence in God by saying he will wait “only” upon God. He is putting 100% of his trust in God. He is not leaning on God and making sure he has some eggs in other baskets. Sometimes, a situation is so dire and so troublesome that you know the only person who can deliver you from it is God.
In his commentary on this passage, Albert Barnes states, “The idea here is, that all that David expected or hoped for must come from God. He did not rely on his fellow men; he did not rely on himself. God alone could deliver him, and he confidently believed that God would do it. Often we are in such circumstances that we feel that our only ‘expectation’ — our only hope — is in God. All our strength fails; all our resources are exhausted; our fellow-men cannot or will not aid us; our own efforts seem to be vain; our plans are frustrated, and we are shut up to the conclusion that God alone can help us.”
We see this in the experience of Christian as he travels up the Hill of Difficulty. All of his friends have forsaken him. He is all alone. He starts out going strong, but eventually, he weakens, he grows tired, and he is looking for a reprieve from his troubles. God, who knows the needs of His children, duly provides a Pleasant Arbor for Christian so that he can sit down and rest awhile.
When Christian needed rest from his difficulty, God provided for that need. Philippians 4:19 tells us, “God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Like David, we ought to have an expectation that God will supply all of our needs even when we are going through difficult times. God sustains us by providing for our needs.