In my youthful 46 years on this earth, I’ve found that my present situations or problems always give the appearance of being larger than life.
There is no pain like the pain of the present. We make mistakes, bad choices, wrong crowds, negative comments, etc. And we find that through everything we’ve gone through, God is still there.
The Bible tells us that our days are filled with trouble, but how will you handle the trouble that comes your way?
I Choose Christ.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says,”Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
It’s difficult to trust someone who you’ve never seen, touched, or verbally communicated with.
However, when you have enough faith to trust God he delivers every time.
Growing up, I would hear the older church ladies always get up and say, “He’s a present help, in the time of storm!”
As the storms of life begin to rage, it seems as if we’re being tossed to and fro, but our trust in God becomes our anchor. This enables us to stand the test and continue to move forward. When you lean closer to God, even your worst mess becomes subject to His favor.
In the book of Genesis, Abraham came to a challenging point in his life and when he couldn’t understand what God was doing, God simply asked him, “Is there anything too hard for the Lord?”
While we’re trying to figure things out, God is already working them out. Our responsibility is to keep Him First. Acknowledge Him in your home, on your job, and whatever you do; your priority should be Christ.
I’ve gone many crooked ways in my life, but the Lord always reels me back in. And looking back, it was always during a time when I didn’t understand what was going on. I would try to fix things by myself, but without making God a part of the equation, I would fail every time.
When I chose Christ, things begin to straighten out and get back on track.
Every day we are surrounded by trouble and faced with a choice. Leave or stay, fight or run, move or stand still; whatever your choice may be.
Choose Christ, acknowledge the King of Kings and Lord of Lord, only He can make your crooked paths straight! Trust in Him and Choose Christ!!
Richard D. Hayes is the Pastor of New Day Community Church and the President of the United Ministerial Alliance.