By Reverend Patrick Vossen
During Difficult Times
1 Peter 5:7 CEB
Throw all your anxiety onto him, because he cares about you.
Psalm 9:9 CEB
The LORD is a safe place for the oppressed--a safe place in difficult times.
How do you react during difficult times? Where do you place your trust? Or, where do you go to hide, abide or thrive?
It doesn't matter who you are, but difficult times of some sort will come your way. Heartaches, disappointments and just life's little hiccups will cause you some kind of anxiety at some juncture of life. How we approach it can surely make the difference in our beings successful in life, or finding ourselves on the way out.
These two passages of scripture have been two favorites of mine throughout my life. Both have given me wisdom and comfort when I've acted upon their advice. However, there have been times I have not acted upon these scriptures. In those cases, I have found myself alone and frustrated along life's journey. Either by not recognizing the importance of transferring my burdens to the Lord or by my not to recognizing the " safe places " that God has for me in various stages of my life.
There is a peace in abiding in and trusting God that can bring us through so many circumstances. Yet we sometimes take back the cares which we have given to the Lord through worry. Then we become overburdened, overwhelmed and sometimes of spiritually "out of joint" in our Christian walk. We then forget the "safe place" that the Lord can be for us and, instead, seek false comforts which are only temporary. It always does us well to choose His Word's direction, rather than our own and total frustration.
When going through trials, pause and medidate on these two passages. Then pray and trust in the unseen hand of God. It's better to give God a chance, then to have no chance in handling the difficult times of life.
Reverend Patrick Vossen,