What do we do when things get complicated?
Well…here’s some of the things I find myself doing…
- First of all I get a sick feeling in the pit of my tummy
- Second I began rehearsing all the “what ifs”
- Third my mind grasps the most horrendous “what ifs” and runs wild like a cheetah on the Serengeti.
- Fourth, I become so mentally worn out I sink into depression
- Fifth, I begin to form a “plan”
- Sixth I try to implement the “plan”
- Seventh, I become exhausted
- Eighth, I pray.
Talk about putting the cart in front of the horse! Of which I’m the master…so, here, hold my beer while I take a bow!
Why the hell can’t I remember to pray first? Does it make me a horrible Christian? On the contrary…it makes me human.
It’s just good ole “human nature” to desire to fix something when it breaks, and we shouldn’t berate ourselves for following our God-given, intrinsic instinct. If we do, then that, my friend, is the real tragedy. God doesn’t hold it against us…
Simply put, God knows how it feels to be human!
God, himself, put on flesh, and walked this earth for 33 years, and his friends called him, Jesus. During these 33 years he was tempted in all ways, and personally experienced every weakness that can ever befall us. Remember, He understands. His arms are open, and he bids us come… “give me your cares for I care for you.”
Now, I’m not so naive as to believe that prayer is some magic wand that fixes everything…
However, this is what prayer will do…
[Jesus] understands our weaknesses, for he faced all the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it. (Hebrews 4:15-16)
Through prayer we receive God’s understanding, His Mercy, and His Grace. Armed with these we can face any circumstance that life throws our way.
So, when things get complicated remember….
- He will not hold our weakness against us…because He has once felt the same way
- His arms are always open wide
- He bids us come
- He wants us to share our problems with Him
- He loves us more than life itself…for He gave his life for us
- His Mercy and Grace never ends…it is new every morning
Oh what a Savior we have!
“…Let us cling to him and never stop trusting him…” (Hebrews 4:14)
This High Priest of ours [Jesus] understands our weaknesses, for he faced all the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it.