My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.
Sometimes we just don’t have “it”, whatever “it” may be. We can’t make a putt, find a fairway or even have the feeling to know how to grip a club. The same is true with a runner or a participant in any sport. We simply can’t muster up the ability to play up to our potential some days. Most of the time the problem is due to an affliction of some sort. We don’t have a competitive spirit some days and then others our knees may ache. Either create certain limitations. We still have the same abilities, just the “right feeling” has escaped us for a short period of time.
Sometimes we feel as if God is not present when His comforts cannot be readily felt. It is easy for us to think that God has left us altogether. What a helpless feeling we find ourselves! The harder we try in these times, the more our mind realizes it’s own limitations. We find our spiritual comfort cannot be dependent upon our mood or physical state.
We all have times when we feel a greater comfort from God than we do in other times. Unmistakably, this absence can be due to either an internal spiritual affliction or an external physical limitation. We feel as if we just “can’t do it today.” David felt this absence of God’s comfort. It was then after he pursued God the hardest that he realized God’s hand of protection was still present.
Consider David when he was being chased by Saul. In 1 Samuel 23:14, we read, “And David abode in the wilderness in strong holds, and remained in a mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God delivered him not into his hand.” David felt his life to be in dire danger.
We may not be physically pursued by our enemy, but we find ourselves many times in the wilderness. It is there we feel the most vulnerable to an attack. However, it was there David realized the protection of God. The closer we find ourselves to our enemy and the deeper we find ourselves in the wilderness, the closer we need to draw toward Christ. His hand of protection is near. His Spirit of guidance is ever present. Some days we may not have “it”, but we always have Christ!