There have been times in my life when I have been tempted to believe that if my circumstances were different then I would feel better and enjoy a better life. I have learned over my life despite the circumstances of life there have been seasons of good times and seasons of what I would have preferred not to experience. The Bible teaches us in 1 Corinthians 10:12 that all temptations/ difficulties we experience are not unique but are common to mankind. The sons of Korah were no different even though they lived and worked in the temple environment they still suffered times that were not pleasant. Verse 3 says: “My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me ‘Where is your God?’”.  From this verse, it is very clear that the Psalmist was experiencing something not very pleasant because it was affecting him day and night. You would have thought that being in the temple environment there would be people who would go out of their way to comfort the Psalmist. But that was not the case, the people who should have been encouraging him only made it worse by saying to him “Where is your God?”. This is the response you would expect from the ungodly, not from his fellow temple workers. I am reminded that when Job was tested for his righteousness his friends came and would not accept that he was being tested because of his righteousness but believed he was being punished for his hidden sins. Sometimes it is easy to pass judgement on situations that we do not completely understand. That is why the Bible is very clear in its teaching that we are to love one another. Verse 4 says: “ When I remember these things, I will pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitude; I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast”.  Unfortunately, the Psalmist’s response is so common amongst people, when the pressures of life come instead of pressing harder into the Lord they drift away from Him. People are misled into believing that they can fight the battle in their strength instead of relying upon the greatness of our God. The more you retreat from God the greater the problem will seem to be and this is where we struggle to go to the Lord, this is where you need good friends to fight on your behalf and declare God’s victory in the circumstances. Verse 5 says: “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance”. The time comes when we have to be honest with ourselves and tell ourselves the way that we are thinking is not correct and to declare the greatness of God in our lives. The Psalmist told himself to “Hope in God” and that is a good confession to make because it does not matter the circumstance we find ourselves in God is the answer to our problems. Also, we are to rest in His greatness because there is no situation that is impossible for Him to change. I am glad that I belong to a God who loves and provides for me in all the seasons of my life.

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