God wants us to turn toward him in faith and trust when we face trouble. Would you turn toward God in your situation and consider surrendering it to him? I know. You want the answer without the surrender. That’s not how it works under the sovereignty of God…
Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Ever have one of those days in which you wonder how you will get through? Is today that day? Are the mountains too high? Is the valley too deep? Are you mentally exhausted and physically strained? Are you surprised and shocked that you are facing that thing you thought you wouldn’t have to face?
Remember that the sovereign Lord made the heavens and the earth by his great power and outstretched arm. God is big enough for your concern. Israel found itself in many, many tight spots, often at its own hand. God would let them experience consequences yet would also show his great mercy and love to save them over and over.
Usually, God simply wanted them to turn toward him in faith and trust in order for him to move in their predicament. Have you thought about that? Would you turn toward God in your situation and consider surrendering it to him?
We have this great promise from Jesus before he ascended: we will face many troubles in this world, yet Jesus has overcome the world already.
Take heart. Turn to him.
Oftentimes we want the rescue and provision of God without the surrender of our concerns. We want God to ever help us while we continue to find our value and hope in things of the world. Good luck with that. Turn toward God in faith, trust, and surrender, and he will be there to provide for you. Maybe not exactly how you would script it, yet that’s what sovereign means. He decides.
Turn toward the one who made all this. Ask him for his help in surrender…