When problems or challenges come our way, our natural reaction is to fell to safety. Our survival instincts comes into action when we feel threatened and we immediately find ourselves running towards safety. Whereas this is a natural human response, the scriptures also reminds us of God’s closeness to us in times of trouble. He is an ever present help who is always close to the broken hearted. The best response when we get into challenging times is to learn to quieten ourselves and be still before God. He rarely acts when we have panicked because this shows distrust and Gods desire is for us to have complete faith in his goodwill and intentions towards us. Instead of running helter-skelter in the face of danger trying to help ourselves, we should confidently trust in God’s salvation. When Naomi and his family panicked and run away from Bethlehem during a moment of famine, little did they know that it’s safer to be in the open seas with the Lord than be in the shore alone. Instead of seeking God’s will, Naomi’s family immediate reaction was on how to survive the famine. They run to Moab, where there was food but unfortunately new problems followed them as both the husband and sons died. What was supposed to become their solution brought death! We should make it our habit to run to God when our circumstances change before running to our dads, uncles, our bosses, friends, our pastors, a godpapa somewhere, etc. God would rather we wait for him where we are. Where are you feeling tempted to run during a crisis? Do you have some substitute source of help you are tempted to explore? It’s in maintaining our cool that God acts strong on our behalf. He often rides on the storms of life and when we run away, we could be running away from him. Yes, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord!
“This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. You said, ‘No, we will flee on horses.’ Therefore you will flee! You said, ‘We will ride off on swift horses.’ Therefore your pursuers will be swift!” Isaiah 30:15-16 NIV
Last modified: July 20, 2020