What is your first impulse when you face a new difficulty in life? When life’s pressures build up against you, what is your escape?
The world is full of human remedies for the ailing of humanity.
Today, at the first sign of emotional swings – which is a natural effect from the ebb and flow of life – people run to the psychologist to find out some deep reason why they are having emotional battles, or in many cases, to the psychiatrist to get some drug to suppress their natural feelings.
Some look to the stars to see how things are going to line up for them.
Others run frantically from person to person to find someone who understands them, thinking therein lies their help.
The humanist looks to his inner self, the divine spark of humanity within as his source of refuge or relief.
Many Christians run from one emphasis to another seeking the help for their spiritual woes. Specialty groups have been designed to meet the special felt needs Christians have invented and placed themselves in.
People seek help through yoga, transcendental meditation, and many other reality escaping methods.
Of course there are the vices – alcohol, tobacco, sex, and drugs of all kinds – that people turn to in times of stress, disappointments, and difficulties in life.
King Hezekiah illustrates where we should turn in times of need and distress.
2Kings 19:1 And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the LORD.
2Kings 19:14 And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD.
2Kings 20:1 In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.
2Kings 20:2,3 Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, saying, I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.
God looks for people who are looking to Him!
2Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him…
Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us
Where Do You Turn?
Let me encourage you to turn to the Lord for help every time, for every thing. Start by calling upon Him to save you, accepting his provision of salvation through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.
God Bless You,
Pastor Jim Whitman