We are afflicted in every way but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies—2 Corinthians 4:8-10
I keep this promise before me always. It helps me whenever I face situations that are way over my head (which is quite often!) For the realities and crises of life that cannot be changed by anything I do or say. For the situations and circumstances where no amount of (wise or any other), counsel will help.
If your life is anything like mine then it has been filled with both of the aforementioned. And, if you have been anything like me (especially in the past) you have sought all kinds of solutions to problems: Spent countless hours fretting, become anxious, having heart palpitations, getting stressed out, getting migraines, trying to control, worried about outcomes and people, losing sleep, crying a river of tears and wringing your hands in despair.
But hopefully you are like me in this regard also, I’ve learned the best way to handle my or anyone else’s problems is through prayer: Prayer first before action, prayer first for wisdom, direction and courage, prayer throughout for balance and strength, and prayer following, for thanksgiving and perspective.
What’s on your plate right now? What’s on the plate of people you love and care about? What things are they or yourself facing that are just too big to handle, too big to even think about in one setting?
This is what I’ve learned: Sometimes we think we’re praying, but we’re really just wishing and hoping, we’re making plans and calculating, we’re working on strategies that don’t include or leave room for God, but we haven’t really come to that place of prayer yet…
I’ve also learned that God wants your problems. He wants to be included in your decision-making. He wants to you to recognize how reliable and faithful He is. He wants to be there for you when you are in a crisis and any other time. He wants to hear your thoughts. He wants to listen to you. He wants to help you solve your problems. He wants to work some miracles in your life. He wants to comfort you. He wants to be your partner and not your spare tire. He wants to be your pilot and not your co-pilot!
I’ve also found by reading His Word that he is very disappointed and offended when we don’t come to him but rely on self-help books methods, or people. When we’re always reaching for our wallet instead of getting on our knees! I’ve learned He is very jealous, (just as he has said) and doesn’t think too kindly when we go off making idol gods or trusting in our bank accounts or pulling Abraham’s and Sarah’s when we need a solution to a problem. I’ve learned God wants some space in our lives to be, well, to be God!
So I ask again, what’s on your life-plate right now? What are you trying to work through? What crises are you or someone you care about in the middle of? What plans are you making to fix the messes you are in? What stuff is over your head and throwing you off balance emotionally, physically, and spiritually?
Have you talked to God about it/them? Have you sat down with Him to figure out a solution?