“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
How many times when we are facing a problem, do we try to work it out on our own? We forget that the Lord is always with us, and even though He knows what we are going through, He waits for us to approach Him. Often, we go to the Lord as a last resort when we cannot think of the right solution. But He desires for us to bring every care to Him and trust Him to give us the wisdom and the answers that we need.
The prophet Micah was dealing with the moral, civil, and economic situations that were prevalent in His time. He warned the people of God’s judgment against sin, but he offered hope of the Deliverer who would come and restore not only the nation of Israel, but all mankind. In his closing chapter he makes this statement:
“Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.” Micah 7:7.
No matter what was happening in his world, he know that God was in control, and that staying close to Him was the only answer.
When we cultivate a close relationship with the Lord, we will find that His presence is always with us. When problems arise, it will be just natural for us to take them to Him in prayer, and then let His Spirit guide us. When we focus on Him, rather than the problem, things that seemed to be mountains become much smaller.
When Peter fled from the garden of Gethsemane, probably in fear, he left the presence of Jesus and he left himself vulnerable to failure. When the testing came, he denied even knowing the Lord. How different his story might have been if he had remembered who Jesus was. He had earlier boasted about his allegiance, but when the test came, He shifted his focus and found his problem bigger than ever.
Are you facing something difficult today, a problem that just does not seem to have an answer, or maybe a decision that is keeping you awake at night? Focus on the presence of the Lord, instead of the problem, and you will find peace.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your presence that abides with us, and that you have the answer for every problem we face.
Devotion by Anne Johnston