3 Wise Steps
The Word of God does not leave us in darkness in respect of the common experience of true believers in Jesus Christ.The Scripture says that 'many are the afflictions of the righteous,but the Lord delivers him from them'.
As soon as an affliction appears,confusion sets in.Brooding follows immediately.The head hangs as a filthy rag on a tree.Many thoughts come and go freely in and out of the heart of the afflicted.Whenever this happens,the Three Wise Steps of the Psalmist are the way out of such predicament.
'I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills,'(Psalm 121:1a)
Anytime the heart sorrows,the head bows down with loss of hope.It takes some courage from within to raise it up.This was what the Psalmist did.An example isKing David's experience at Ziklag where he,together with his six hundred men,lost everything they had to the Amalekites.He wept for many hours but in the end he encouraged himself.Read 1Samuel30:1-6.
Like any other person,the first point of contact for King David was a man.Thank God that he knew what to ask from him to find a solution to his grief.
The common mistake of man is to begin searching for a way out from the 'hills',that is not the right thing to do.These 'hills' may be parents,family members,friends,associates,the highly placed and exhalted,the rich,honourable,etc.Most of the time,nothing good comes out of such looks unto the hills.
'from whence cometh my help,' (1Psalm121:1b)
God will,most of the time,use man for man.Like King David,each person must not fail to ask the question,'among these hills,which has God purposed to use to solve my problem?' Failure to do this will lead to going to'miserable comforters'and 'physicians of no value' for help.
As a person that has a right relationship with God,you will surely be led by the Spirit of God to contact that fellow the Lord has prepared to use for His glory in your situation.The right person who has the solution or link to it in his hand.King David in distress was led to approach Abiathar the priest to ask for the right thing, "'bring me hither the ephod.'And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David" (1Samuel30:7).
'My help cometh from the Lord,which made heaven and earth.'(Psalm 121:1c)
Like the Psalmist,please be surely convinced that your help will come,like it has come before now,from the Lord,the Creator of all things.He alone is the one that can never disappoint you.In each affliction,He has a way for you.He knows what,when and how to do it.He knows also who to use for you.He reminded King David of His past kindness to him and what the King used to do;that is'inquire from the Lord' before taking any action.
In 1Samuel 30:8,we read,
'And David enquired at the Lord,saying,Shall I pursue after this troop?Shall I overtake them?And he answered him,Pursue:for thou shalt surely overtake them,and without fail recover all.'
My Beloved Reader,no matter the nature or size of your affliction,among so many people you can think of as possible helpers, God has a person as a link between Him and you.Please believe it,He has an assigned person to lift you out of your pit of problem.May He lead you to him or her.May He teach you what to say before him/her.May the Lord lead you in the way you are to go in Jesus name.
Scripture quotatios are from King James Version of the Bible.
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