In Psalm 42:9, the psalmist asks God "Why have you forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?" That's how Gracia Burnham felt as she was being held captive in the Philippines for over a year by the militant group Abu Sayyaf. But, let's drop down to verse 11 which says "Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God." You see, whether we are being held for ransom by a terrorist group, battling a serious illness, or dealing with the loss of a job, we can honestly cry out to God and say "God, where are you?" But let's not stay at that question-asking phase. May we remind ourselves of the truth that God is there, and that He will ultimately bring hope and salvation.
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