My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
by night, but I find no rest.
Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
you are the one Israel praises.
In you our ancestors put their trust;
they trusted and you delivered them.
To you they cried out and were saved;
in you they trusted and were not put to shame. Psalm 22:2-5
Entire books have been written over the theme of this passage: Where is God When It Counts?
David continues questioning where God is and why He seems to be so distant, then he takes a different tack: social proof. If Israel trusted Him and if they cried out to Him repeatedly – much like David was doing now = then certainly he’s in good company. They struggled; he struggled.
We read stories about the great saints of God who went before us, and we marvel at their faith and endurance under the harshest conditions. But have you ever stopped to consider those millions of Believers who didn’t get a book written about them, didn’t go on great missionary endeavors, or those who weren’t gifted enough to preach to thousands without the aid of a microphone? The unknowns of the Christian faith clearly outnumbered those we read about.
The good news is, we still outnumber those who are in the spotlight.
The world would be totally in a mess without ordinary people living ordinary lives and trusting an extraordinary God (much like Israel did).
(Here’s what I referenced in the title.)