Psalms 119: 143 Trouble and anguish have taken hold of me: yet thy commandments are my delights.
Make the choice to keep the commandments of God a lot easier in difficult times by developing a passion for the word of God.
Times of great difficulty are when our obedience is most challenged, because it is in those moments that it often seems most impractical to obey the word of God. Think about the widow of Zarephat having to deal with the anguish that she and her son would have their last meal and die from starvation thereafter, to be then told by the man of God (Elijah) that she should prepare what she intended for herself and her son and give it to him instead. That seemed impractical. Consider also David’s life being constantly at risk because he was pursued by King Saul, but he had to still honour Saul when he had the chance to kill him. It seemed nonsensical, especially given the circumstances, but it is the command of the Lord. The season of life does not alter the need for obedience.
What is the secret to keeping the commandments and instructions of God despite facing difficult circumstances? The answer can be found in Psalms 119:143. It says trouble and anguish have taken hold of me: yet thy commandments are my delights. The utterances of the Psalmist David would suggest that he was facing grave difficulties but nevertheless he was still committed to keep the commandments of God. He revealed the secret to doing this during his difficult circumstance: the commandments of God were his delight. David found pleasure in pleasing God.
To get to the place where you keep the commands of God despite turbulent circumstances, you have to get to the place where you get greater gratification from pleasing God than anything else would give, As long as it is in your power so to do, you will always choose to do that which gives you the most pleasure.
Life Application: Get to the place where your greatest pleasure is to keep the commands and instructions of God.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your word that is present in the midst of trouble. May I rest in the fact that in spite of my circumstances, you will never leave me nor forsake me. In Jesus name, amen.