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The Only Thing To Do When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

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Adversity. I don’t like that word, nor any of its synonyms—distress, hardship, struggle, conflict. All those kinds of things can loom very large in our lives. Let’s be honest, when they do, it’s so easy for you and I to fix our eyes on them and not see God. Then God becomes very small in our lives. Sometimes I feel like the disciples when Jesus said to them “Oh you of little faith!” I’m not sharing with you something that I don’t struggle with. Those looming things that pop into our lives can seem so big. What can we do?

Well, I’m always looking for stories of how other people have trusted God. I think of Asaph in Psalm 73. He went horizontal in life and life seemed so harsh. He went vertical and he saw the true reality of life. He saw the world through heaven’s eyes.

Recently I came across the story of the Boxer Rebellion in China. Hudson Taylor was the founder of the China Inland Mission during the Boxer Rebellion and the saints were suffering very badly at this time. So Hudson Taylor, who was now in his late seventies, gathered them together and this is what he said,I cannot see. I cannot think, I cannot even pray.” Have you ever been there? When life seems so overwhelming, you can’t think straight. You can’t see the light in the midst of the darkness and you’re so overwhelmed that you cannot pray. But Hudson Taylor wasn’t done. Listen to all of what he said. “I cannot see. I cannot think, I cannot even pray, but I can trust.” My heart was warmed by those words.

You see, God doesn’t call us to understand why things are happening. God doesn’t call us to muster up our strength and tread through the darkness. He calls us to trust Him that He will be our strength and He will be our guide and He will lead us through the path of darkness into the light of His glorious grace and love.

I hope that encourages your day and bless you in Jesus’ name.


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How to Avoid the Greatest Danger of Trials

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Take a look at these verses from Psalms: “The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; They have spread a net by the wayside” (Psalm 140:5). “The wicked have laid a snare for me; Yet have I not gone astray from thy precepts” (Psalm 119:110). “Keep me from the jaws of the trap which they have set for me, And from the snares of those who do iniquity” (Psalm 141:9). “For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence” (Psalm 91:3).The psalmist presents danger in every verse. He presents the danger, but then instantaneously, he presents the Deliverer! I don't know about you, but I need to be reminded of the One who delivers. I’ve experienced, in my own judgment, more than my fair share of struggle and trial, and it is so important for me to be reminded of my Deliverer.

When those trials come it is very easy, and it is, in fact, the great danger of trial, for our eyes to become fixed on the trial. If we stay focused on the horizontal it allows the trials to grow even bigger than they really are, and it robs us of our joy, peace and faith. What the Psalmist does is every time he presents the danger, he tells us not to only look horizontal but to go vertical! He tells us to get our eyes off the trial. Oh, the trial and travail remain there, but it's not the end of the story—here is One who can deliver us from the trial!

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Settling Down Into Him

We need Him desperately, or we will wither and die.

We need Him desperately, or we will wither and die.

The biggest struggle of my faith walk has been that my God is too small. This is so very dangerous. If in my own eyes, God is small, then I must loom large! But the stark reality of life is that my resources are not sufficient for this great task called life – life that is experienced in a fallen world. Put simply, my batteries are not up to the demand, which produces fear and anxiety in my soul as I ponder how I am going to make it through the many travails that life in a fallen world can bring.

I must not only know, but believe that God is such a very big God, and that He in His bigness is for me, and offers to be, all that He is to all that I need in the moment of faith.

He is El Shaddai, and He wants me to trust Him as El Shaddai.

So what does that mean? The root word in this dynamic name that God has given Himself is “shad.” Shad is the Hebrew word for the female breast. God has declared Himself to be to us, "God, the breasted One.” There is perhaps no more beautiful picture in the world than that of an infant, cuddled in the arms of its mother, nursing at her breast. Oh, my friends, this is what God wants to be to us. He wants to be our tender nurturer.

He longs to be the One that we will settle down into and
receive comfort and protection from. Isn’t that wonderful?

Please know though, that it is so much greater than even that wonderful picture. That mother, nursing her child, is the provider of nourishment to that child. We could say that she is the supplier of life to that child. Without her, that child is going to wither and die. This is what our God is desperately trying to communicate to us in this name that He has chosen for Himself.

We need Him desperately, or we will wither and die.
He wants to be our supply, He wants to be our life, He wants to provide all that He is to us.

In my own life, I must admit that He wants to be more to me than I all too often do not allow Him to be to me. This is to my demise for all that is required of me is to say "yes" to His desire. To believe that He is my tender, nurturing supply of all that I need.

Oh, Father, I do believe that you are El Shaddai. Help my unbelief, and help me to see how small I really am, that I might see how BIG and for me you really are.  That I might run to You in faith, and find You as you really are!