We live in a broken world. And because we live in this world we are guaranteed that we will face trials and persecution. (Read John 16:33)
I would like to ask, how do you respond to the trials and frustration and the distress in your life? Do you freak out and lose it or are you calm as you wait on God?
What are you speaking in the trouble you facing? Is it life or death? Are you making your situation worse with the words you speak or are you making it better?
There is a life lesson that I would like to share with you that I have been taught from the Word. It is a life lesson and not something we do once in a while. The great men and women in the bible applied it whenever they were in trouble. The lesson I would like to share is, turning to God. As a son or daughter of God we need to learn to turn to God. No matter what comes our way, we must learn to turn to our Father.
I am going to show you two men of faith who did that but the Word is full of other examples.
The first person I would like to show you is King Asa.
There came out against Judah Zerah the Ethiopian with a host of a million [that is, too many to be numbered] and 300 chariots, and came as far as Mareshah.
Then Asa went out against him, and they set up their lines of battle in the Valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.
Asa cried to the Lord his God, O Lord, there is none besides You to help, and it makes no difference to You whether the one You help is mighty or powerless. Help us, O Lord our God!
For we rely on You, and we go against this multitude in Your name.
O Lord, You are our God; let no man prevail against You!
2 Chronicles 14:9-11
The second person I would like to show you is Asa’s son Jehoshaphat.
It was told Jehoshaphat, A great multitude has come against you from beyond the [Dead ] Sea, from Edom; and behold they are in Hazazon-tamar, which is Engedi.
Then Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself [determinedly, as his vital need] to seek the Lord; he proclaimed a fast in all Judah.
2 Chronicles 20:3,4
These men had great challenges to overcome but they looked to God first. They did not call their friends first. Their first point of call was God. It is interesting to note that Jehoshaphat feared when he heard about the mighty army coming against him. But even in fear he sought God! It is ok to express fear but it is what you do in fear what counts. Do you panic and speak doom when in fear? We need to be like Jehoshaphat who in his fear still turned to God.
As both these men turned to God, He delivered them. Let us then learn to turn to God all the time. He wants us to turn to Him because He knows He is the only one who can save us. He also knows that it will strengthen our faith in Him as we turn to Him more and more.
It is sad to see that Asa stopped looking to God. He turned to man for help. Our trust in man is vain. It will not get us any where. Look at what God says:
At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him, Because you have relied on the king of Syria and not on the Lord your God, the army of the king of Syria has escaped you.
Were not the Ethiopians and Libyans a huge host with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet because you relied then on the Lord, He gave them into your hand.
Let us not be like Asa who towards the end of his life refused to seek God.
In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was diseased in his feet-until his disease became very severe; yet in his disease he did not seek the Lord, but relied on the physicians.
2 Chronicles 16:12
I pray that will not be our testimony. Instead it will be one where when trouble comes He will be the first we turn to. Amen.