“Buck-up” therapy. You’ve heard of it, haven’t you? In fact, we all have probably subscribed to the philosophy. Pretending that nothing is wrong, we gamely appear to be unaffected by the conflict and stress that fills our lives. After all, asking for help is often perceived as a sign of weakness. The tendency to bluff our way through our problems often prevents us from receiving the help and support we desire. We need each other, and we need God. None of us are capable of maneuvering through the obstacles of life without a Savior.
Prayer: Dear Lord, You are our refuge, a very present help in the time of trouble (Psalm 46:1). Thank You for allowing us to come before You without masks or pretense. You are our safe place.
Wouldn’t it be nice to know what lies ahead? Fortune tellers and tarot card readers make money, promising glimpses into the future. But no one can successfully predict what tomorrow or next year will bring. The Word of God is our best source for direction. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105). God’s Word is not a spot light that shines for miles, but it is a lamp. A lamp only casts its light a few feet ahead. But by that light, you can see where to step. After the first step is taken, it reveals the next few feet.
Prayer: Dear God, Thank You for Your Word. Reading its pages and listening to Your voice provides us with the roadmap for each day. Please help us to hear and understand what You are saying.
At times, obeying the Scriptures seems difficult. God asks us to love everyone when obviously some people are undeserving. He expects us to pursue peace when a good fight would be our natural inclination. It would be enjoyable to erupt in anger and retort in sarcasm occasionally, wouldn’t it? Throughout the Bible, God asked men and women to do things that they too thought were hard. In Judges 6:16, God reassured a reluctant man named Gideon, “I will be with thee.”
Prayer: Dear God, help us to understand that Your commandments are not too difficult for us. (See 1 John 5:3.) When we comply with Your will for our lives, we do not live life on our own. Thank You for the power that You give us each day. We can do all things with Your help. You are our strength. (See Philippians 4:13.)