When troubles threaten me, where do I run? Who is my comfort? What is my security? What calms me? Where do I go to seek answers?
In most situations, I run to everyone and everything else. I told my son recently: “If you have a problem you come and tell me. Don’t take it into your own hands.” How very true for us as God’s children. How often do we tell someone else first – and especially take it into our own hands – rather than laying it down at Jesus’ feet and trusting Him?
More times than not, I search and search for answers to my questions. I flood everyone with my inquiries and Google’s search field begins to buckle under too much pressure. Finally – after exhausting every other resource – I reluctantly present it to the Lord; not in dependency as it should be, but out of desperation. To my surprise what I get isn’t necessarily the answers I seek, but something else.
As I cast my questions at God, the possessive pronouns start shifting. Instead of – what is going on with me? Where do I go from here? Why is this happening to me? – they begin to sound like this: How are You going to use this? How can I glorify You through this? How may I help someone else through this? As the Spirit molds my heart, my inwardly selfish view shifts to an outward one. I begin to see beyond my own troubles. The strive for understanding my situation becomes almost insignificant. I start seeing God working within my situation. I can clearly see His grace, love, sovereignty and faithfulness. He was the only answer I truly needed.
It is a constant fight to keep our perspective on track. We are overwhelmed and distracted by the goings on inside and around us that we begin to panic; and instead of reaching out to the Almighty, we reach within our inadequate selves.
But all that really matters is Him. And that should never change.
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling.
God knows all things. He already knows your situation and mine. He knows us (better than we know ourselves); our every thought and deed before it even exists (Psalm 139:13-16).
A frantic horse. Eyes darting from side to side, fear written all over him, jumping and kicking about in response to his panic. Calmly approaching this horse, without reluctance, is a reassuring, Gentle Hand. It’s placed on the horse’s nose. He snorts in hesitation, but quickly responds. You watch as the fear melts away. The panic about his surroundings softens as he begins to focus on the Security and Comforting Nature of the One who’s at his side.
“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10