When the trials and temptations of this world overwhelm you with stress and frustration, where do you run to get away from them? Many of us feel the need to run to someone for help and it’s not always to the one we should. It’s no secret that Jack Daniels has been seen lurking in the shadows cuddling unbelievers as well as Christians in their hour of need, or that inside the clouds of smoke we’ll often find people searching for a way out. When problems get you down, where do YOU run?
The trials and tribulations that Christians suffer in this world are part of this world and so it’s useless for us to turn to the world for help, and yet many of us do. We need to change our thinking and get our help from someone who has overcome the world and who can give us peace while we wait on the answer. We need to trust someone who has the knowledge and that ability to help us.
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” …John 16:33.
So for Christians to have problems in this world is not a new or unusual thing because Jesus said that we would have problems. BUT He also said that He would give us peace during these times if we would turn to Him. He has overcome the world and there is nothing that He can’t do.
On the cross Jesus suffered every pain and affliction that could come onto us, and although He was tormented beyond words He did it, and He took all of our “sin” to hell and left it there. Jesus stood in our place for our sin since He didn’t have any himself and he beat it; Jesus overcame it all. He overcame the sin and corruption that we live in and that’s getting us down. We need to call on Him and follow Him because He has been there, done that – AND He overcame it.
There is no one else who better qualifies to help us than Jesus.
We need to realize that Jesus has already defeated every problem that can come against us, and we have to trust Him that He will help us to overcome each and every problem that we face in life. And then we will be filled with His peace that will surpass all understanding. In the meantime, we wait.
We don’t do anything to attack the problem when we don’t know what to do. So, we read the Bible and become strong in the Word; we praise and worship Him to build up our faith; and we wait for His direction. It will come. God works through confirmation in our heart if He wants us to do something, and He works through other people who He will send across our path. The answer to every single one of our problems will come if we will just wait on God and trust Him for the answer.
The world will refute us; it will mock us and call us fools because the world cannot experience the peace of God since it does not know God. The people of this world depend only on each other for help because their trust is in themselves. They cannot accept that we trust in something that they cannot see and they cannot know the peace of God when they don’t know Him.
“There is no peace, says my God, for the wicked”….. Isaiah 57:21.
When we need help the only arms we should run to are the arms of Jesus. He’s standing nearby waiting to comfort us; to give us peace; to give us the answer. He first opened His arms to us on the cross and He continues to be our shelter and our refuge in our time of trouble.
“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.” … Psalm 46:1
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