Thursday, January 14, 2010

Out of control, In control

From the end of the earth I will cry to You when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. — Psalm 61:2

When you're feeling alone and hopeless, remember that God is in control.

Prayer is an amazing tool. People debate over whether God answers prayers or if he hears prayers. People question their motives and question other peoples' motives. There's a lot to be said about prayer.

One thing I feel is woefully overlooked about prayer lies in our faith. One of the greatest benefits of prayer is the simple fact that we are laying our burdens upon the almighty and sovereign God. Will God heal your wife's breast cancer? Dunno. Will God take away your painful addiction(s)? Hope so, but maybe not as soon as you like. Will God stop pain and suffering, will he end world hunger? In his own time. Regardless of topic, He's on it.

Are we gonna get the answers we are looking for when we pray our problems to the Lord? Maybe or maybe not, but you can rest assured that God PROMISES that He's listening and He's tending to our needs and He's with us through our trials. Prayer is a reminder that God is on the job - what can be more comforting than that?

Do Not Worry

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life. And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
What can I add to that? Nothing.

More Than Conquerors

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, and have been called according to his purpose.
That's good things and bad - they are worked out for our good.

These are just 2 examples of God's words (Matthew ch.6 and Romans ch.8) promising us that He's with us and He is in control. Pray to Him. Give Him thanks and praise, ask for help, ask for miracles. In and after that, take solace because He is with you and He's got it under control.

When you're feeling alone and hopeless, remember that God is in control.

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