And I say, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest; yes I would wander far away; I would lodge in the wilderness; I would hurry to find a shelter from the raging wind and tempest.”
Psalm 55: 6-8 (ESV)
David, like many of us, wanted to run away, escape his persisting troubles and mounting difficulties. His fears had overcome him. That’s exactly what happens to us when we allow fears to creep into and grab hold of our thought life. They magnify our challenges and concerns out of proportion until they eventually overwhelm us. After we reach this critical juncture, God may just be “along for the ride” as our instinct is to flee.
God despises fear; it has no place in his Kingdom. Fear rubs against everything Christ Jesus lived and died for. As fear floods in, we are robbed of our joy as it drowns our faith and muzzles our praise. It effectively immobilizes us as we are left floundering in a turbulent sea of anxiety and dread. What a way to exist!
Is that the kind of life we want, merely struggling to stay afloat in a maelstrom of fear and anxiety? The kicker is, this tumultuous dread exists solely in our minds, not in the world enclosing us. Remember, with God nothing is impossible. It’s akin to voluntarily donning a very large personalized fishbowl around our heads with tiny sharks lurking in wait of an opportunity to attack. We only see what’s on the inside of the fishbowl.
God’s response is to call on him in faith before we reach the point of desperation. To achieve this degree of situational awareness and spiritual maturity we need to be wise enough to trust God to hear our plea and answer with his characteristic loving-kindness and unconditional faithfulness. In his perfect perception and divine understanding, he will enable us to perceive difficulties approaching and alert us to call on his name for help, for Christ Jesus is always faithful to provide a well-lit way of escape simply because he will never leave us or forsake us. We may not be able to escape all the pain and suffering we face in life, because we often learn and grow from their impact on our lives, but they will never defeat us or separate us from our Lord, Christ Jesus.
Dear Lord Jesus, keep us strong in your word and mindful of your righteous promises so that we can be wise and discerning, sensing danger ahead, but knowing full well that we can always call on you in these times of need and difficulty and that you will hear us and faithfully respond. Amen.
A F Fischer