Has panic got you today? Are you unsure as to why? Panic has a way of handcuffing us and we feel there is no way out without the key, however, we’re uncertain of where the key is.
So many times in life our pulling in panic only tightens the cuffs even more, until they are so tight that the pain is unbearable. If we lean into Christ and share with him as to what is gripping us, or just lean in for relief, He will help us to work our way free. He loves us so much and does not want us in a panic.
Life has so many gripping moments; sometimes so painful that we dig ourselves into a hole. But we don’t have to keep any of it alive. Look at the life of Job. He wasn’t that patient especially during horrifying circumstances. He was a rich man who suddenly lost his flocks, all ten of his children and eventually his health. With stressors like that, pursuing patience wasn’t at the top of his list. He wanted justice, and he had a few choice words for God about it. Satan told God that if he were to take away everything he had, he would surely curse God. So God allowed Satan to test Job’s faith. How did Job respond? “The LORD gave me everything I had, and the LORD has taken it away,” Praise the name of the LORD! Job 1:21.
There is a limit to our human understanding but we don’t have to be caught up in the panic of the unknown. In our release, we begin again. Every time you and I reach for God, we begin again. When we do we dig our way out from the holes we have built in our own yards, no longer feeling anxious and isolated.
Sometimes things happen in my life that I think God shouldn’t have allowed and sometimes I feel my cries and laments go unnoticed. But…I don’t let my panic throw me into a chasm of distress or despair. Look at Isaiah 40:27. Put your name in the place of Israel and Jacob then read the verses 28-31.
Why do you complain, Beth? Why do you say, Beth, my way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God”? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He will not grow tired. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.”
Beth’s interpretation: They won’t panic!!!
Did you know that an eagle does not soar because its wings are so strong. An eagle soars because it is lifted by the updrafts when it spreads its wings. Those who wait for the Lord, who learn to spread their wings, will be lifted and will soar not in their strength but in God’s.
You constantly open the cuffs of panic but somehow I seem to put them back on. Forgive me when I my trust dwindles and thank you for renewed strength.