But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.” Psalm 131: 2
Have you ever weaned a nursing baby? My children were never bottle fed. Those babies were totally dependent on me for all their sustenance.
When it came time, not one of them wanted to be weaned. They fussed and complained when they didn’t get exactly what they wanted, when they wanted it.
Being weaned is often the first real trial in a child’s life. Does a weaning baby reject his mother in anger when she withholds what he is sure he needs? Of course not!
My children clung to me all the more as they learned to turn to me for comfort, instead of to what I could provide for them. Although I didn’t gratify their desire to be nursed, they began to feel their need for comfort was satisfied in my loving presence alone.
This is how a Christian should respond in times of suffering. We know that the Lord is sovereign over everything that happens. He could choose to prevent painful trials, and yet He often allows them.
When He doesn’t answer our prayers the way we want Him to, where do we go? We must press in to Him even more. Where else can we go? He is the source of our comfort and encouragement.
Even when He withholds the very thing we are convinced that we need, we must still and quiet our souls like a weaned child with its mother.
“Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever.” Psalm 73: 25-26