“Because”

Psalm 6:2 says, “Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am pining away; heal me, O LORD, for my bones are dismayed.” There is a key word in this verse which may help explain many of the difficult things we face:

That word is “for”, or “because”. It is used two times here in Psalm 6:2. Why is David crying out to God? “Because” he is pining away; “because” his bones are dismayed. His weaknesses are causing him to seek God in a desperate way.

This actually helps explain why God might allow weaknesses into our lives: like David, they cause us to cry out to God. The truth is that many of us would never seek Him without them. That is undoubtedly why He allows us to experience so many of them — otherwise we’d never consistently walk with Him.

That is why we should make sure, in our times of weakness, that we DO in fact call on God. It will enable us both to find the help He wants to give us, and the relationship He desires to have with us as a result.

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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