These past few weeks I have struggled with the news and events happening in our nation. My blood pressure had gone up 40 points for the top number and 20 points for the lower number. I could feel the stress mounting, and in the middle of the night, I’d wake up to feel and hear my heart rapidly beating. Hypertension has been one of the causes of death in my family (due in part to my maternal genes). Luke 21:26
Good News! The message on Sunday was like living water to a dying man. Yes, spiritually, I was dying. I got caught-up in the web of news of just how bad things have gotten. I wasn’t giving any of those problems or concerns to The Lord, as He has instructed in His Word. 1 Peter 5:7
I know the word says to cast my cares upon Him and He will give me rest. But I never thought about those scriptures or went to Him in prayer. I was just talking about all of the bad things. To anyone who would listen.
Those issues were taking over my mind and spirit. I was listening to things that were not of a good report. I know we have to stay connected and informed but at some point I realized that I wasn’t thinking on anything good. I had forgotten to think on those things that were good, those things that were lovely, those things that were of a good report. Philippians 4:8
I wasn’t praying. I wasn’t taking those issues to The Lord. I wasn’t casting my cares upon Him. I saw no hope. All I saw was darkness in the mist of all those horrible situations happening in our communities. 1 Peter 5:7
Where is God? Why can’t people see the wrong being done? There is no justice or equality! Those were my thoughts. I went to bed with thoughts like that on my mind.
The Lord spoke to me early one morning. (He generally waits until I’m through with all of my ranting and then He speaks to me.) You know, God really does have a sense of humor! He gets my attention when I’ve quieted down, when my mind has shut down, and then I won’t talk back. I just listen.
His questions to me were, “Why don’t you trust Me? You’re no better than those you so quickly accused of having no faith. You scorned them but you don’t trust me either.”
He told me to trust and believe in Him, and to pray for those different situations. He said He would take care of them all. Proverbs 3:5
I felt a peace come over me. I reached over and kissed my wife and told her that I loved her. We both wanted to hear from God about certain issues in our lives and the nation. John 14:27
Today, it looks like things are moving forward. People are showing more compassion and caring more about the injustices facing this nation. People of all ethnicities are coming together and standing up for what is right. People on both sides of these tough issues are asking the same questions now. Hebrews 10:16
The Lord reminded me that only He can change the hearts of men and women for good. He showed me that things will change only as I (all believers) continue to pray to Him to intercede. 2 Chronicles 7:14
We are to pray for our leaders and people in authority. Hebrews 13:7
Well, that was my struggle last week, I pray that I never forget to give all of my burdens to The Lord ever again.
I was struggling to find peace. He was already there.
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