Over the next few posts, I will be sharing God's Word about where we go when we need help. It seems like I have something that causes me to run to God every day and it is so encouraging to know that He is listening and responding as only He can do. Today we will look at why we need to turn to God FIRST at the hint of trouble and how He responds to our felt needs. God is faithful and His strength is best shown in our weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. When we admit that we are "nothing" without God it starts a process. A process of faith that empowers us to live a life of victory.
Since we live in an upside-down world, it stands to reason that our perspective is totally different than the world. The world will say "to the victor goes the spoils." But God says to one dependent on me gets true victory that will never spoil!! To change our attitude about living we must line up with what God's Word says about our source of strength, and that source is the Holy Spirit. God is our first choice for comfort and peace and in reality our "only" source!
Paul wrote to the church at Corinth these words in 2 Corinthians 6:18 And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” Says the Lord Almighty. Paul was speaking from 2 Samuel 7:14 where the Lord is assuring King David that He will be with Him and reminds King David of how many times He has been with him in his life. This particular verse shows that God is not only faithful to be with David, but with His children also. Just think about it, God took a shepherd boy and made him King over all of Israel and that was what God considered to be the best plan. With man, this makes no sense, but with God, it makes total sense. See, upside down from our human reasoning. So we need to get "tuned in" to God's way of doing things and we only find out those ways from His Word!
When you need a friend, who do you turn to? If God isn't your move you are settling for something that is flawed and temporal. Our Heavenly Father is intricately involved in our lives and we draw closer to Him when we learn to "trust" Him. To change our way of thinking means we must humble ourselves before the Lord and learn to trust Him, which shows our dependence on Him. Peter wrote in 1 Peter 5:6-7 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time,7 having cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares about you. The reason Peter gives for casting our cares on God is that He cares for you. That should be enough motivation for anyone to trust God first and follow His direction. The Psalmist said it best in Psalms 40:17 But I am afflicted and needy; May the Lord be mindful of me. You are my help and my savior; Do not delay, my God.
So "'Where You Goin?" Are you turning to God first or are you settling for much less when you need His help? Just take it one step further like King David did where He consulted God for every move in his life and God exalted him like no one else. I close with this thought about how much God thinks about us. He is always on duty and ready to help. Why not call out to Him now, and thus realize His mighty power? Psalms 139:17 How precious also are Your thoughts for me, God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You.
The Pilgrimage Continues...