Where do you turn to?
Psalm 34 vs 17 “When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.”
In your moments of need, who do you turn to? Where is the one place you find solace when your world comes crashing down on you? Life sometimes gets to a point where the wheels completely fall off and the circumstances become so unbearable.
Often times we turn to all manner of things for the relief that we seek. Many people turn to drink and substances, others bury their heads in the sand, and a large portion become self-destructive to a point where they stop caring about everything, including themselves.
Some are so ingrained by fear that living becomes unbearable rather than the joy it’s supposed to be. We have all witnessed and experienced all sorts of behaviour when our world falls apart and there seems to be no way out.
One of the most difficult things to manage is the time when we hit rock bottom. The feelings are so overwhelming and the pain so distinct that we can’t help but despair at the thought of the future.
A lesson often forgotten is that when you come to that point the only thing that is left for you to do is to turn to Christ. When you have exhausted all the options and there is no one left to turn to, look to Christ.
When Esther was confronted with circumstances beyond her earthly ability to manage, she turned to fasting and prayer. She went into a period of extreme prayer and self-denial. It is said that when her people were faced with possible extinction, she sought the Lord.
The law specifically forbade her from entering the presence of the king, her husband, unless otherwise specifically called. She had not seen the king in months and therefore had no basis to even attempt to be in his presence. Together with her people she went into a season of prayer and fasting.
At the conclusion of the period she presented herself to the king, the king received her with an open mind filled with love, despite the protocols that had been set. The fact that all the circumstances, no matter how tragic, pointed to her being the person chosen to lead in the delivery of her people made it clear that in the midst of the tragedy that was ensuing the Lord had plans for her people that were meant to be fulfilled at her hand.
Sometimes we run away from prayer or seeking the presence of God when we are in difficulty yet His plan for our lives would have been penned out in such a way that at that specific juncture, we must turn to Him for salvation and relief. We tend to run away from our destiny in the belief that the sideshows before us will assist in giving us the relief or the answers that we need.
When you are in trouble or have come to a place where you can bear no more, turn to God, He will hear you. He will answer your prayer and provide you with a way out of your misery.
In moments of distress the presence of the Lord is often so near. Like Esther, be driven to His throne and nothing else.
The answers you seek lie with God and the direction you must take at this juncture lies with Him. Through her prayers and fasting the Jews were saved from genocide and were elevated and given permission to confront their enemies and overcome them.
A mighty victory was handed to them and all the moments of anxiety and fear came to an end because they knew where to turn to, to the source of everything, our Father above.
Do the same today.
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