My heart has been burdened today…
for a frightened mother, desperate over her baby girl’s struggle to live, who is alone on the other side of the country, separated from her husband and their other children to be with her precious little girl…
for an injured man unable to work with mounting bills he can no longer pay…
for a working man and his family who are dependent upon vehicles that are falling apart…and they do not have the money to fix or replace one vehicle, let alone two…
for children who are making reckless God-less decisions that will lead to destruction…
for several women who have been attacked by cancer…
I can sense that those for whom I am burdened feel like their souls are being crushed. They just don’t know how these situations will end up…and I can sense faith fading and despair setting in. What do they do?
When faced with the despair of what I don’t know, I choose to look at what I do know.
I know God loves me…I can know that when I look at the Cross and in the empty tomb.
I know God in on the Throne, in complete control.
I know He does not give me more than I can bear…and He always gives me a Way out ( 1 Cor 10:13 ).
In the midst of crushing situations, we must make a conscious decision to take our eyes off the circumstance, over which we have no control, and to put them squarely on the Lord, Who is in complete control. Consider the situation in which the Lord’s disciples found themselves, a situation a life and death, in Matt 8:23-27. They had no reason to fear…Jesus was in the boat with them!
The Lord does not want us to fear, He wants us to have faith…to trust Him. We cannot have both fear and faith at the same time, they are mutually exclusive. And which we have, either fear or faith, is our choice.
As I choose to take my eyes of the circumstances in my life, and in the lives of those I love, and choose instead to train my eyes on Jesus, I feel the terrible weight of overwhelming circumstances lift from my weary shoulders (Phil 4:13, Matt 11:28-30). As I cast my cares on my Lord (1 Peter 5:7), hope returns and peace washes over me. And as I meditate on the promises of the all-knowing and all-powerful living God, my heart is supernaturally filled with joy as the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort (1 Cor 1:3) comforts me.
Is life crushing you? Do you feel your faith in the Lord being squeezed out of you? Meditate on God’s precious words in Isaiah 40:28-31.
There is nothing in the universe, no trial we ever encounter, that challenges the greatness, the vastness, the awesome strength of God! This vast, awesome God Who created the universe is interested in you…and in the terrible trial you are enduring! This awesome God Who calls the stars by their name, Who stretched out the heavens like a curtain, Who measures the waters in the hollow of His hand, Who holds the universe in the span of His hand He loves me! And when I am weak, He strengthens me with His awesome might and power (2 Cor 12:9-10)!
So faint not…the glorious promise of God’s help to those that just wait upon Him (Ps 27:14). Waiting upon Him, our strength will be renewed by Him who never wearies (Ps 121:1-4).
And not just faith not…but also fear not! Look at Isaiah 41:8-10.