Where do you turn when things get hard?
We all walk through plenty of challenging and tough moments in life. I’m sure many of us right now are facing difficult circumstances. The question is not if a challenge is going to come, but how will I face that next challenge?
Psalm 121 gives a beautiful insight on how to navigate through such circumstances. Verses 1-2 state; ‘I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth’. It says we should lift our eyes onto our God – who is our ‘helper’. A helper is someone we turn to and rely on. We look to that person to intervene. Whatever challenge is before us, the psalmist calls the believer not to try harder, but to rest and surrender our circumstances into the hands of our God. In case we forget why we should do this, the psalmist reminds us that God, our helper, is the ‘maker of heaven and earth’. In other words, we can rest and trust in a God who is all powerful – nothing is too big for Him.
While this encouragement is sufficient – the psalmist continues. He says in verse 3 that God will ‘not let your foot slip’, and verse 7 says that God will ‘keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life’. Not only is our God all powerful, He watches over us with deep love and affection. There is no greater proof of God’s love and care than on the cross at calvary – where Jesus died our death.
Friends, whatever you are walking through, may you lift your eyes towards God, who is our helper. We can be confident in entrusting our lives and circumstances into the hands of our God – He is all powerful and all loving. It is only from this position that we can we can begin to ‘struggle well’, amidst whatever comes our way.
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