Difficulty is a perpetual reality of life. Yesterday we saw the difficulties of Israel and Paul while today we see the difficulties of David in Psalm 56 and the Israelites in Isaiah 10-11. The Israelites are reaping judgment because of their waywardness while David is experiencing difficulty despite his faithfulness.
What God is trying to work in both of these situations is the same. God's desire is that his people would learn to rely on Him (Isaiah 10:20) and trust Him (Psalm 56:3-4).
Think about what reliance means. To rely on something means that you find it dependable and are entrusting yourself to its capabilities. When it comes to God it means that we are entrusting ourselves to him and depending on him to come through.
God is ultimately the only one we can fully rely on. We will fail and others will fail but God is always faithful. His dependability ensures that he is worthy of our trust. He will always come through, not always in the way we might want, but always in a way for our good and for his glory.
Question of the day: How do you think God wants to use your current difficulties to learn to trust and rely on him?
Father God, thank you that you are faithful. Help me to trust and rely on you in the midst of life's difficulties. Others have hurt me and let me down, but help me to believe that you never will. Amen.