Who will you turn to?

When times get hard who will you turn to? Will you pick up the phone and vent to your friend hoping that they will give you some words of encouragement? Or will you fall on your knees and surrender to God because you depend on him alone? It is so easy at times, especially when we have Christian friends, to turn to them immediately because it feels as though we are able to kill two birds with one stone. If we tell a friend first and ask them for advice and help, we would be able to get an immediate response and they might even pray for you or with you. But we should not do this because we are trusting in man more than we are trusting in God. Pray as you go! We need to learn to pray in these tough situations asking God for direction and telling him about our problems just like we would do to a friend. I am not saying that we should not tell our friends about our problems because as Proverbs 27:17 says ‘as iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend,’ however I am encouraging you to pray about it before you speak to your friend. We should pray about what it is that God wants us to tell our friends and what he does not want us to tell our friends because there are some things and matters that if they do not remain personal could end up making the situation worse. One of the saddest stories in the Old Testament in my opinion is the story of King Asa. King Asa was the King of Judah, he did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight and he was able to reign over Judah for 35 years, he took down the asherah poles and did many reforms. However, during his 36th year Judah was invaded by King Baasha of Israel and King Asa turned to King Ben-hadad of Aram for help and King Baasha stopped the invasion. However, the seer Hanani then came to King Asa and said:

 “Because you have put your trust in the king of Aram instead of in the LORD your God, you missed your chance to destroy the army of the king of Aram. Don’t you remember what happened to the Ethiopians and Libyans and their vast army, with all of their chariots and charioteers? At that time you relied on the LORD, and he handed them over to you. The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. What a fool you have been! From now on you will be at war  (2 Chronicles 16: 7-9 NLT).”

This scripture shows the very importance of turning to God and waiting on him for our deliverance because it is God alone who can help us. I pray that as daughters of God, that we will not make the same mistakes as King Asa because it is clear that despite him living in a manner that was pleasing to the Lord for 35 years, he still stumbled. I pray that we will be able trust in God and to believe that he will answer our prayers and bring us out of whatever situation that we may be in. In Jesus’ name,

 

Amen

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