The LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. PROVERBS 2:6
The prerequisite to obtaining help in dealing with our troubles is to realize that we lack sufficient wisdom to sort them out! The argument is this: “When facing trials, it is important to know how to cope with them. The only way we will be able to understand these trials and respond to them properly is by asking for the wisdom that only God can give.” When our friends and loved ones are going through trials, we may think we see what God is doing through the ordeal. But when we are the sufferers, when we are the ones going through the fire, viewing the situation from God’s perspective is a little more difficult. For this reason we are to ask God for wisdom. As James motivates the troubled believer to seek wisdom (James 1:5), he describes God in such a way as to make us wonder why we have waited so long to reach out for His help. We know from the Scriptures that God is the source of true wisdom. He is a good God who is not partial to any. He will always answer the prayer for wisdom, never turning away such a request. He may not always answer on our time schedule, but He always answers. - Dr. David Jeremiah Morning and Evening
But You have lovingly delivered my soul from the pit of corruption.
Lord God, You sent Your only begotten Son into the world, that I might live through Him. In this is love, not that I loved You, but that You loved me and sent Your Son to be the propitiation for my sins. Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of Your heritage? You do not retain Your anger forever, because You delight in mercy. You will again have compassion on me, and will subdue my iniquities. You will cast all my sins into the depths of the sea. O Lord my God, I cried out to You, and You healed me. O Lord, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive. When my soul fainted within me, I remembered You, Lord; and my prayer went up to You, into Your holy temple. I waited patiently for You, Lord. You brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. Lord God, Your compassion and mercy are obvious in the gift of Your Son for me. I praise You, my Deliverer and my Rock.
ISAIAH 38:17; 1 JOHN 4:9–10; MICAH 7:18–19; PSALM 30:2–3; JONAH 2:7; PSALM 40:1–2 - Dr. David Jeremiah Life-Changing Moments with God
It is interesting indeed that I would read about crying out to God this morning.
In the months since taking the leap of faith to come to what is now our new hometown, there's been many many times whereas I found myself crying out to God.
Someone even had mentioned "Is David ok? He sure asks for prayers a lot."
To those who would think to ask such a question, I can only suggest to go back and read your Bible. My reaction to the things in life are what we are to do when life leans towards being too heavy to bear on our own.
How else do others know to pray unless we speak up?
How else are others going to be blessed of God if they know not that there's an opportunity to help a brother or sister in Christ?
How else will needs be seen if they are not shared?
Christians do Christians a serious disservice by keeping to themselves and saying nothing when prayer requests are asked for. Their silence speaks volumes as to where they are in their walk with Jesus.
We are told to call upon the Lord in our distress. We are told to bear one another's burdens. We are told to lift one another up before God. Jesus prayed for His Disciples. He prayed for you and I long before we became believers. He prayed for those who haven't yet come to Him for Salvation.
Where would anyone get the idea that we shouldn't interfere? Where would anyone see sharing burdens as an embarrassment? Only by way of listening to God's enemy. By listening to Satan are many a Christian put in chains, and kept from helping others.
Our abilities as the Church of Jesus Christ are only curtailed when we are kept separated. When our lives are isolated.
When we only think about ourselves and what interacting with others does to make us uncomfortable.
I do try to help others, regardless of who they are, what they look like or any other criteria. That's not just how I was raised, but is because of the work of God in me.
I still get tempted to keep to myself. I honestly am about 90 percent introverted. I am really uncomfortable in most public settings. Social settings more often than not bother me. I don't know how to interact well with most people. I often apparently come across to some as being angry. I am far from being angry. If ever you DO see me angry there's probably a significant, not a minor, reason for being that way. I cannot stand it when people berate others. I cannot stand the use of certain words like "retarded". I cannot stand the name of my God being maligned. I cannot stand for children to be honestly abused. I am all for discipline, but abuse, not a chance. Spoiled children, let alone those that have turned into spoiled adults are surely signs of extremely bad parenting.
We who are in Christ are adopted in as the Children of God. We, like any child, will often find ourselves at odds with our Heavenly Father. Likewise in time we learn that regardless of what we thought at the time He was right all along.
Our wisdom isn't remotely close to the wisdom of God. His ways are higher than ours, His thoughts than ours. He sees every option and it's possible outcomes whereas we only see one or maybe 2 outcomes.
I have heard some so-called preachers talk about how those in Heaven can see what's going on down here. Regardless of how you might interpret Scripture, no they cannot. That imparts yet another attribute of God to mankind in Heaven. Only God can see into time. When we die we are no longer in time. We exist outside of it. Heaven, also, is a place of peace and rest. Consider it. How could anyone there be at peace or find rest, knowing how things are happening here? Indeed upon a believer being reunited with others they speak of their lives. It is then they too go to Christ to pray directly for those still here.
A call to God happens here and after we join Him in Heaven.
I would be lying if I felt that keeping to myself has benefited me at all. Indeed when I do it turns into a mental trap.
When I choose to not approach God in prayer nor ask others to pray then, realistically, I am saying that regardless of my circumstances my way is better than what God can do through me or through others. My fear of what God might do binds me. For a great many years in my life this was the case.
Call out to God in your distress. Scripture tells us to.
Tell other believers of your needs. Let them lift you up before Jesus Christ. Let them share in the rewards of Heaven.
You DO realize that you rob others of Heavenly rewards by keeping to yourself?
Jesus said to come to Him all who are weary and He would give them rest.
Speaking from experience, even believers can put themselves in a prison of their own design by letting fear constrain their walk with Jesus.
If you are depressed and see no options, are you at all in a place where God doesn't want you? Has He been putting a path before you that you are refusing to walk?
Are you praying but not accepting what answer that God has been showing you?
Have you been crying out to God and keep telling Him "No God, you can't mean that!"?
We are to rely on our God in our growing in Christ. We are to cry out to God, but also to trust God with His response.
A life that is lived is one that turns out as God intended. A life whereas the Believer lived as taught by God through the Holy Spirit.
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