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How do I react to this problem?

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How do we react when we feel things are going wrong? We may simply worry about it, unable to carry on even our daily chores properly, or we may sit and analyse the problem, trying to figure out how to tackle it to bring things back to form. That was exactly what I was trying to do that evening, when I felt disappointments flooding in like never before.

Every thing that I thought was going fine was taking a different direction. And suddenly I felt there was no help or support from any side. There was just this sinking feeling that I could not get rid of, all evening.

I thought I had to find out a way to make things right. When I could not find one, I allowed negativity to grip me for a while, letting it take my time and energy, which I could have spent in a fruitful way.

Only later did I come to my senses, finding myself being silly taking up everything on my own head and worrying about it when a had a wonderful choice of going to God, telling Him what just happened, surrendering the problem to Him and simply trusting Him.

I did what I was supposed to do and when I did go to God, He led me to these wonderful verses in Exodus 14: 13-14, which say,

…” Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.

The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.

The Lord will fight for you. You need only to be still.

It was an amazing experience. I, who was so perplexed and apprehensive about the problems around totally calmed down unbelievably. And I got the answer to my question, ‘what should I do about the problem’. The answer was simple. I just had to stay quiet and be still trusting God, for He was going to fight the battle for me and make everything right in His own way.

Psalms 147.11 says …” the Lord delights in those who put their hope in His unfailing love.”

Yes, He is happy when we trust Him just like how we are moved and are happy when our friend totally trusts us. May be the problems around are huge, the disappointments seem never-ending and the situation is totally hopeless. There is just one solution, which is to surrender it to God and blindly trust Him completely.

It may be our financial conditions that are driving us mad, our future, family, problems, health, work, exams or people. Just name it and I tell you it is nothing for God. He is just waiting for us to give the matter into His hands so that He can work on it. Unless we hand it over to Him, we are not allowing God to work through the problem.

When I tried working out issues myself, nothing good happened, but when I left it to God, everything that seemed like ‘going wrong’, just fell in place. Above all there was this peace of God that was filling my heart so great.

There is just one thing we need to do when there are problems and hopeless conditions around – Be still and trust God, for He is the one who fights for us and make things right.

What Next?

It was one of those days, when I felt so down and hopeless thinking about how my future would be. I tried calming myself down, I tried sharing with my friend, but nothing seemed to work. Then I had but one choice – to go to my Creator God in prayer. For I knew, He was the only one who could give me proper guidance and peace. And Behold! True to His faithfulness he opened my eyes, to see how much of hope I have in Him, through the life of Joseph.

Joseph was a young guy who was with his father while his brothers had gone far off to care for their sheep. Suddenly, his dad Jacob asked him to go to his brothers and see whether everything was fine with them. Then Joseph, the youngest of all the brothers then, set out to find his brothers just as his dad had told him to.

He was just fine until he found himself in a place where he did not know which direction to take. He was wandering in the fields not knowing what to do. It was almost like he was lost.

Today, you might be in a similar situation. Wandering in life, without knowing which direction to take. May be you do not know the place you have to be in and the dangers that lie in your way. You may feel you’re never going to make it to a good position in life or that you may miss the destiny that God has for you in this life. You may have very little hope or you’re totally deprived of it. You may be silently crying in your heart without knowing what to do and whom to ask. You may even feel that your life is over and nothing good can happen to you after this.

Well, this was the situation of Joseph. He would have been wandering with so much of confusions in his mind.

But, there was a sudden change in the situation. God sent him help on time. A man found him wandering and asked him about the problem, eventually directing him in the way his brothers had taken.

Joseph did not find that help. But the man found Joseph and guided him. It was clearly a guidance from God.

The God who guided him will guide us too, no matter what our confusions are, He will take charge. When He does lead us, He leads step by step.

Joseph was not directly taken to Pharoah’s house. God led him, one step at a time. He had to cross his brothers’ torture, the experience of slavery, prison etc, before he reached the destiny God had for his life on earth.

If you’re feeling insecure about your future, Cheer up! Just know that God is in control of your life. He has already planned and finished everything regarding your life. You have a hope and a future. Just trust Him as he leads you through.

Am I in the Right Place?

Once Joseph got the guidance, he went and found his brothers. But what happened to him after that? He was ridiculed and insulted. He was thrown into a pit and sold as a slave. He was even about to be killed by his brothers, because they hated him.

May be Joseph thought at that time, “I’m not in the right place. If I hadn’t come here all this would not have happened to me.

But dear readers, that was the place he was supposed to be in. That was God’s will for him. He had a turning point in his life in that very place. His life took a direction that led him to be the governor of Egypt, who saved the people from death during famine.

Even you, who may be feeling you’re not in the right place, take heart! There is a huge blessing that follows every hard time. If you have given your life to God, you don’t have to worry about anything.

Why Should God lead me?

God leads you to a great destiny, simply because He has made great plans for you and has chosen you to give you a great future.

He says, “You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you.” (John 15.16)

Jeremiah 29.11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”

The God who has promised will definitely fulfil His promise to you, for He is a faithful God.

When Will God Lead me?

God will lead us when we are obedient to Him and do all that he tells us to do, living everyday according to his word.

When Jacob asks Joseph to go to his brothers, he immediately agrees even though he knows that his brothers hate him. Just as he obeyed his father, we are called to obey our heavenly Father.

If we do that, we can blindly put our hope in Him and be still at any storm approaching us and know that He is God over our lives!

What were you confused about? Did you find your hope in Christ? Share your experience in the comments section. 

Don’t be afraid

Being as unpredictable as the world is today, we can never presume what will happen  to us even the very next moment. This in turn gives rise to fear in our hearts.That fear may be about many different things in life. It may be our future, our health, finance, education, the people around and what they may do to us, or anything that we can think of- small or big.

But here is a gentle assurance from the creator of Heaven and Earth, the Alpha and the Omega, the God who knows the end from the very beginning, that we need not be afraid of anything in life.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.
                       And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid, you are worth more than many sparrows” ( Matthew 10.29-31).

If a sparrow, that can bought with such a little amount of money, cannot be harmed without God allowing it, assuredly, no one or nothing can bring us any harm or put us off without the will of God, for God says, we are worth more than many sparrows.

In fact, we were bought at a price, which is the life of Jesus Himself. How much higher will be our worth then? We are definitely priceless and God cares for us.

It is not just the big things in life, about us, that God cares about. He has numbered even the very hair of our head. Don’t you think God is concerned about every minute thing in our lives and, is in total control ?
He sure is.

He knows what we need and when we need them. He knows our hearts’ desires and secrets that we’ve been holding to ourselves, the pain that we’ve gone through alone, and the tears that we have shed in the dark and the anxieties we have about what is going to happen to us.

He cares for us more than anyone else does, for He loves us so much. His love is not as that of the world. It is unconditional and everlasting. It doesn’t matter whether we are good or bad, popular or not, loved by people or lonely. Jesus Loves us. He will provide us and protect us.

We need not be discouraged by the situations around us, for God has His ways through the storms and the whirl wind.Let us cast our cares on Him because He cares for us. He will accomplish what He has prepared for us.

Cheer up! God is in control.


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