Evil and wickedness can unseat people and families from their moments and places of comfort. Illness/injury, loss of work, family struggles, and other personal trials can cause a lot of discomfort. These are trials and evils–not necessarily caused by the evil one or other people. No noticeable cause. Nothing external or people to blame. It just happens when it happens.
The Lord wants us to be still and wait. The psalmist wrote in v. 37, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.” The writer wrote this in the context of chaos and evil being plotted against him and occurring all around.
This is very hard to do. The fallback is to become anxious, and possibly stirring up a hornets nest and possibly making others as anxious as one’s self. To be still before God and wait patiently for him without an answer or solution to our problems is one of the hardest things to do (or not do). We want answers or at least an acknowledgement of our struggle from God. Not later, but now. When we hear silence and nothingness, it feels we are unheard. We feel insignificant because we feel ignored.
“Hope in the Lord and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land…”, says the psalmist (v.34). We are waiting for a reason, not for no reason. We are waiting for God and his rescue.
(posted while on my retreat at Rivendell on Bowen Island BC)