Whenever, I am challenged with what seems an insurmountable problem, I can easily become stressed – trying to resolve the issue myself; instead of going to God in prayer, and asking for His help and guidance.
I think – as humans our initial response to any difficult situation is to attempt to ‘work things out by ourselves’ – and yet we can save ourselves so much anguish by ‘giving it to God’ and asking Him what we need to do.
When things go awry, in my life, my tendency is to isolate myself or to busy myself doing anything and everything – rather than confront the very issue that is causing me to waste my time and energy, “hiding in busy-ness”.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 encourages us to: Rejoice always, pray without ceasing in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (NKJV)
That’s pretty hard to do – because when troubling times have come – the first thing I have tended to do through life, has been to ‘panic’- not even stopping to think to thank God for an opportunity to grow in my faith – that is, before I learned how my God, who loves me, strengthens me, guides me, helps me – when I have given my concerns to Him – but of course I do have to ask for His help and how I should deal with the situation.
Invariably, a solution happens along that I would not or had not thought of – I’d been so wrapped up in worry! God pursues us each and every day – He wants what is best for us, and when times get tough we need Him more than ever – let’s not hide ourselves in busy-ness, let us make our first step to ask Him what we need to do, and then wait for His solution.
Prayer: Abba, when we are trying to resolve troubling issues in our lives, please remind us that You are ready and will ing to help – but we have to ask You to! Keep us from draining our energy resources, by keeping busy and keeping you at bay. Amen