Sometimes God allows major problems and pain in our lives to bring us to the end of our rope. Maybe you find yourself there right now and you don’t know what to do. You feel helpless. You’re asking yourself, Why? How did this happen? What do I do now?
Are you holding onto hidden hurts? We’ve all had them. Hidden hurts have a way of growing within us when we hold onto them. You may want to let them go but just don’t know how. Every time you try, the pain seems to creep back in until you feel the hurt again. Hidden hurts knock us off center.
When your heart is troubled, what do you do? Where do you go? Is it even possible to not let your heart be troubled? Chapters 13-17 of John’s Gospel were all spoken in one evening as Jesus prepared His disciples for the trauma they were about to experience that night when He would later be arrested, put on trial and condemned to death.
One of the most difficult lessons in life is how to accept loss. And it’s an ongoing process since our lives constantly change and we’re forced to confront the harsh realities of a world that’s far from perfect. Whether you are single or married, a teacher or a student, a business executive or stay-at-home mom, you have most likely faced some moment when your world was shaken to its foundation.
Are you holding on to hidden hurts? We’ve all had them. Hidden hurts have a way of growing within us when we hold on to them. You may want to let them go but just don’t know how. Every time you try, the pain seems to creep back in until you feel the hurt again. Hidden hurts knock us off center.
The story of Jehoshaphat illustrates so well how God restores faith when we feel overwhelmed. We can all relate to the fear, anxiety and fatigue that this King felt when he faced overwhelming odds with no way out. His example offers us practical help with where to turn when we don’t know what to do.
What kind of faith does it take to “… stand still….” amid overwhelming circumstances? King Jehoshaphat was outnumbered three to one with a vast army approaching! As he gathered all of Judah together at Jerusalem and prayed, God responded. They were told to march out against the enemy, BUT…
Fear, anxiety and fatigue had eroded King Jehoshaphat’s faith. He was outnumbered and overwhelmed! He didn’t know what to do or where to turn. As he cried out to God, he called all his people to seek the Lord’s help together. In response, God heard their cry and would restore their faith in a huge way!
Have you ever been so overwhelmed you didn’t know what to do? You didn’t know where to turn? David’s example left a legacy of faith for a future king and descendant of his to follow that helped him restore faith when he felt overwhelmed.
You don’t have to watch the news to feel overwhelmed today. Fires, floods, hurricanes and earthquakes are bringing a torrent of destruction beyond anything I’ve ever seen in my lifetime. In Texas alone, we’ve experienced a hundred-year flood, a five-hundred-year flood, and just recently what’s being called a thousand-year flood with Hurricane Harvey’s unprecedented rain fall – and all of that in only the span of a couple of years!