VOICE FROM THE PEW

Cry Out to God

    

What do we do when we find ourselves in a situation that we cannot control? It may be a situation brought about by our own action or lack of action or it may be a situation that we find ourselves in not due to any fault of our own.  But nevertheless, it is a situation that we don’t want to be in and presents a problem that we don’t know how to solve. We can focus on the situation, or the problem, or we can focus on the solution, or at least, the One who has the solution.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and  your minds in Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 4:6–7)

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved.”  (Psalm 55:22)

Turning away from the situation or the problem and turning to God seems to me to be the answer. Contrary to popular belief crying out to God is not childish or a sign of weakness. On the contrary, crying out to God is proof of our trust and utter dependence on Him to provide the help we are desperate to  receive.  When hope is hopeless and there is no one to help, crying out to God should be our first response not our last resort. 

   When we cry out to God, we are acknowledging His sovereignty and our complete dependence on him and we are   saying that what we are going through is too much to bear, and we are trusting Him to hold us, love us and deliver us.  It should also mean that we are relinquishing the problem to him and surrendering to His divine will with faith that His solution will be the right one for our well-being and His glory.

By the way, relinquish means to abandon, withdraw, and retreat from. So, if God doesn’t need our help to fix this problem what is our job? Easy. We trust God to take care of it because, after all – He is God!

             

The View from Peggy’s Pew