John 12:1-26; 2 Chronicles 14-15; Psalm 77
We’ve all had those times. Our spirits are troubled. We call out to God and it seems like there’s no response. The troubles weigh on our hearts and sleep is hard to come by. We finally fall asleep and wake up a couple of hours later and our mind races through the troubles again and again. We alternately pray for God’s peace and plan our response to the trouble. The troubles seem to consume us. Just hearing that others are going through those kinds of nights makes you feel a bit more normal, like the world isn’t against you, doesn’t it? Well, feel a little better, it’s not just others we know, it includes God’s people who recorded His word! “In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; My hand was stretched out in the night without ceasing; My soul refused to be comforted. I remembered God, and was troubled; I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah. You hold my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak.” (Psalm 77:2-4) As you read Psalm 77 further, the psalmist sought comfort in seeking to remember all that God had done in the past. And so we, when those troubles come, should seek to remember how God has acted in the past. We should remember how we have been blessed throughout the years. As we do that, we change our focus from ourselves and how we have been wronged, or decisions we need to make, to the God who is able to handle any situation. When we focus on God, we gain a perspective on life that allows our souls to return to a calmer state. The troubles still exist and must be dealt with, but when we focus on God, we begin to realize that it’s not all about us and that God has a greater plan.
Oh Lord, how often I allow myself to be consumed by my troubles instead of seeking Your presence. As I deal with troubles help me learn to seek You first even before I seek a solution. As I draw close to You, remind me of Your love and grace. Help me learn to see things through Your eyes and rest in You.