God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble. ~ Psalm 46:1
Who’s the first you turn to when you have a problem?
Is it…your friend? Your partner? Your parent? Your sibling?
What about God? Is He on that list?
I’m prompted to ask this question because of something that happened to me recently. You see, I’d shared a testimony of how God delivered me from my personal struggles with a group of like-minded people not too long ago. Everyone listened sympathetically.
One of the members later sent me a message telling me how she was touched by my story and offered to lend me her listening ear when I need to offload in future. I politely thanked her but I knew I’ll never take up her offer.
Why so? Is it because I’m not so close to her? Perhaps. But mostly it’s because I prefer to offload to God, even if it is to rail against Him out of anger.
I can never offload to anyone unless it is to ask for prayer. Even then, I’m selective about who I offload my problems too.
Because offloading my problem to the wrong person only creates more angst and frustration. Not only that, repeating my problem to a person causes me to dwell in unhappiness and discouragement because I can’t help but mentally replay my problem over again.
So if you’re inclined to run to people when you’re faced with a problem, I suggest you change tactic. If you’re seeking resolution, I encourage you to mindfully turn to God first. Or at least seek out people who can pray with you.
The Bible tells us that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Can we believe and live by that?
Friend, learn to turn to God first. Whether it’s just a call for help in your heart, whether it’s asking Him, “How Lord?”, whether it’s going down on your knees to pray, He’ll answer you. All the time.
Men have limitations. They can never answer you as best as God. But friend, what is impossible with men is possible with God. That’s why it is better to take refuge in God than to trust in men.