Today’s reading focuses on a question we touched on last time: Where do you run for help? When you are in trouble, what is your first move? Do you run to others or to God?
I was convicted by this very question during a bible study a few years ago. It made me think, so now I want you to do the same. Where do you look for help? If a tough decision is to be made or a difficult person must be confronted, who do you call on? Often our first impulse is to contact a loved one or friend to vent, to ask for prayer, to ask advice…what would it be like to pray to the Lord…and… just…wait…(excruciating for some!). Our need to have immediate answers and solutions just drains our reservoir of faith. We are substituting a man-made solution for the belief that God will, in His time, provide us with the best solution. When we do our pro and con lists and poll our confidantes, we get answers yet often remain unsatisfied. We’ll go back over the scenario over and over in our minds and sometimes ask for second and third opinions. Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14). Trusting the Lord’s will makes it easier to seek Him, rather than people, when we need help.
Why don’t we run to God in the day of trouble? Kay Arthur says she believes “it’s because most of us don’t really know our God”. In biblical times a name represented a person’s character. By studying the Names of God, we will get to know His character better and then we will realize that we can place our confidence in him. Please take our poll to say where you run in the day of trouble. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God (Psalm 20:7). Please vote to answer the poll, and don’t worry – it’s anonymous! 🙂
Just a Girl…just like you!