Thursday, August 10, 2017

Press On

Today was a day of one thunderstorm after another coming through our city.  Our lives are so much like these thunderstorms.  We get one situation handled and within a hour, a day, a week, a month, etc., another situation comes about.

Will there ever be a day or a time that we feel like there is a peace among us?

How does one handle finding out that their job has been eliminated or that they have been diagnosed with cancer or a love one has died or they don't have enough finances to pay bills?

As I was reading my Bible, I read a story about David and how he handled tough times.  David and his men were out fighting battles and they came back to their homeland.  When they approached their town, they discovered that their town had been destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters had been taken captive.  David and his men wept until they couldn't weep anymore.

David's men were so upset at him, that they thought about stoning him.  They were bitter in spirit because their families had been taken.  Instead of thinking of a plan to go rescue their families, they looked for someone to blame.

As I continued to read, the scripture that stood out was "But David found strength in the Lord his God."  God gave David the strength to begin to look for a solution instead of a scapegoat.  So often as we go through circumstances we want to blame someone, instead of looking for a way to take care of the problem.

With wisdom from God, David found a solution and was able to rescue everyone who had been taken captive.

As we go through our circumstances, we need to go before the Lord and pray for wisdom to handle the situation.  Take one concern at a time, handle it so that you can handle the next and the next and the next.  God doesn't promise that there will never be a problem, but He does promise that He will carry us through the problem.

The photo reminds me that we even though I may be surrounded by water(challenges), the calmness(the strength from God) will help me to tackle the circumstances and that I need to "press on".

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