Finding God between a rock and a hard place: Part 2 - Hope 103.2

Finding God between a rock and a hard place: Part 2

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By Chris WittsSunday 22 Sep 2013Morning Devotions with Chris WittsUncategorizedReading Time: 0 minutes

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3. Don’t allow the outer circumstances be the final word.
Our outer world may be in chaos and life is complicated,and out of control. But God is still in control. He will never leave us or forsake us.  Our outer circumstances do not have to be the inner realities .God is bigger than our present difficulties ..

Psalm 25: 16 – 18.
Can I suggest you ask God for help .. 
Philippians 4:6-7 says “Don’t worry about anything,but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then,because you belong to Christ Jesus,God will bless you with peace that no-one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel”.

Christian Psychologist James Dobson had a heart attack which left him alone in an eerie Cardiac Care Unit. At first,God gave him what he describes as “an inexplicable peace,” but at a later time,anxiety took over. He prayed,”Lord,you know where I am right now. And you know that I am upset and very lonely. Would you send someone who can help me?” Soon,Dr. Jack Hayford,a pastor from the other side of Los Angeles,walked in. “Why did you come to see me today?” asked Dobson. “Because the Lord told me you were lonely,” replied Hayford. (Dobson,pp.,130,131)

When I pray about troubles,He will either take them away,like the miraculous healings in the Bible,or give us the grace to handle it,like Paul with his thorn in the flesh. And remember,He works on His time frame,not ours.

B. Take The Load Off
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”(1 Pet. 5:7; 1 Peter 2:23; cr. Ps. 91:1-4; Ps 55:22; Ps 31:5; Lk. 23:46; 1 Pet. 4:19)

Sometimes you can pray about a problem,but still carry the burden around with you. God wants to carry our loads for us. But how do hand the load over?
Close your eyes. Now see yourself gathering up all your cares,the problems that are pressing the heaviest on you. Your problems at home. Your friendship troubles. Your bad health. Your overwhelming sense of loss. Now,place them in a sturdy box,tape it shut,then tie it up securely,like you’re going to mail it overseas. As you pick it up,you realize how incredibly heavy it is. But just now,Jesus appears in the room,walking toward you with His powerful arms stretched out toward the box. For a moment,you cling to the box,but as it gets heavier and heavier,you finally hand it to Him. He takes it away with ease. Now,do you feel as light as air as He takes the burden away with Him?
If your problems are more than you can handle,then you’re in a great position to let go and let God take over. After all,without Him,we can do nothing (Jn. 15:5),but through Him we can do all things (Phil. 4:13).

We don’t know whether God will take the trial away or give us the grace to handle it. But either way,we can have His peace. If you’re facing the heat,you may find yourself daily taking back the burden,and reminding yourself to cast it back on Him.

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C. Resist Bitterness
You can’t be both bitter and happy. Bitterness can eat you alive.
•    1. Directed at God (Jn. 6:67-68)

When Jim Conway saw his daughter go through the amputation of her leg,he struggled with anger. But according to Conway,”Probably the most important thing I learned in this entire process is this: I became deeply aware that there were only two choices that I could make. One was to continue in my anger at God and follow the path of despair I was on. The other choice was to let God be God,and somehow say,’I don’t know how all this fits together. I don’t understand the reasons for it. I’m not even going to ask for the explanation. I’ve chosen to accept the fact that You are God and I’m the servant,instead of the other way around.’ And there I left it.” (Dobson,p. 88)