Cut Off From His Sight? (Psalm 31:22)

Trials are always difficult: hence the name trouble or trial. During such times, we not only are faced with battling the outside circumstances of the trial, but also the battle that takes place within us. David records his thoughts during such a time when he says, “For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes.” (Psalm 31:22) During the trial, David quickly responded to thoughts in his heart that whatever was taking place was hidden from God. He may have felt that he was alone, but to believe and respond to such thoughts was inappropriate. Thanks be to God for his long suffering and mercy in that even thou David had believed wrongfully, God still heard his cry of supplication.

During trials we must remember that we are not cut off from the sight of God. To encourage us from falling into these thought patterns, God has given us precious promises such as “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5). You may feel like you are cut off from God, but you cannot be because he is always present with you.

He continues to encourage us by sharing his concern for even sparrows and that we are of more value than them. “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31)

One of the most encouraging promises from God is that we cannot be cut off from his sight because he knows what our needs are before we even pray. “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.” (Matthew 6:7-8)

Because God will never leave us, because we are of greater value than birds for which he cares and because he knows what we need before we even pray, we should be encouraged to trust him and believe that while in the midst of our trials, we are not cut off from his sight.

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