So what are the next steps when you, or someone you love is drowning in distress? Some people want to discuss their distress and accept help willingly. Others struggle to preserve their independence and behave, at least outwardly, as if nothing is wrong. Distress can define you with a humble dependency on God, or it can drive you into a shell of self-pity, that ignores Him and others. It is a facilitation of faith that provides the best benefits.
“David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the LORD his God” (1 Samuel 30:6).
Therefore, learn to lean on the Lord during lean times. Go to God first when you are unfairly treated and abused. Wisdom appeals to the Almighty in prayer for insulters, instead of insulting back in prayerless reactions. Critical cries to people undermine your character, while compassionate cries to Christ embolden your soul. A child flees first to their father or mother when they are in need of comfort, love and forgiveness.
So, your heavenly Father is poised and prepared for your passionate petitions. Prayer to Him is rewarding and profitable, as He will not hear the lie against you, but He will hear your prayer against the lie. His Holy Spirit assures you that He hears, and He cares. He is attentive to every detail of your distress, so rest in His reassurance and your soul will settle down. Above all else, use distress to enjoy your dependency on God.
“You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat…” (Isaiah 25:4a).
How does distress define me? How do the Lord’s answers reassure me?
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