I went to bed last night with a heavy heart and a big problem that I’m not free to write about here. The content of the problem is not the issue that I find significant at this moment. What I do with my problem is the matter I contemplate.
In any problem there is the right response, and the wrong response. It’s the gray matter in the middle where I get stuck. The important decisions are not easy to make. So I was heavy in my heart, taking the matter to God as I fell asleep. This morning when I sat down with my coffee to have my bible reading and prayer I turned to this morning devotion reading in Living Light, and the first thing it said was:
Let the Lord our God favor us and give us success.
This told me to stay out of God’s way. Don’t take matters into my own hands.
There was a list of scriptures to read on this topic, and I looked them all up in the bible and I felt my problem diminish into a puny pebble I could flick away with my finger. (Psalm 90:17, Ezekiel 16, 2Cor 3:18, 1 Peter 4:14, Psalm 128: 1,2, Prov 16:2, Phil 2: 12-13, 2 Thess 2:16-7)
Now, I am going to begin my day restored with the truth that I fear the Lord, I trust him, I revere him, and I know He will make my paths straight. I don’t need to get a shovel and straighten them myself. Why would I get in His way like that?
My problems will come back even if I do flick them away, and that’s ok because I have the strength of the Lord to show me the way out. He does not allow me to be tempted without the option of escape from evil. I must take refuge in Him if I am the only light in a dark alley. It is His light that shines through me. I have to cling to the source or I’ll lose all my peace and joy.