Friday, January 21, 2011

The Lord is our Help in Times of Struggle

LORD, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled.  I cried to thee, O LORD; and unto the LORD I made supplication.  –Psalm 30:7, 8 (KJV) 

Stress is one of the great adversaries of the joy which we are meant to possess.  Stress can creep into our lives and rob us of peace, happiness, sleep, and appetite.  Stress can come about as the result of being overworked, overtired, burdened with problems, and being overwhelmed with daily struggles of life.  David of the Old Testament understood these problems and when he felt overwhelmed with life he resolved to seek the Lord.  In his anguish he cried out to God and put his faith in Him. 

What will we do when we feel overwhelmed and burdened?  Will we struggle along trying to resolve our problems on our own strength and power?  We can do that, but in the end we will feel more stressed out than when we began.  The one sure remedy for the problems associated with stress is to look to the Lord and practice daily faith in Him.  The Word of God challenges believers to cease from trying to cope with life on our own power, but instead look to the Lord.  God can and will empower us to find joy, peace, and hope in the midst of whatever trials we are facing.  In fact, this is what the Lord does best. 

I have no way of knowing what you are facing today that is causing you stress.  But God does know and He is able to help.  Look to the Lord, keep your faith in Christ active and real, pray without ceasing, and resolve to trust God’s power and not your own. 

The Lord is with us and He will hear us when we cry out to Him.  Look to the Lord today and find peace in Him.

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