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Are You Looking In The Right Places?

Are You Looking In The Right Places?
February 27, 2013 Dr. Karl Benzio

February 27, 2013

Transformational Thought
God never promised us days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain. But He did promise strength to get through each day, comfort for the tears, and a lighthouse to guide your way. As you provide care, comfort, energy, finances or support for an aging parent, or a disabled family member, a young child, or a friend in need, God is the only place to turn for lasting strength and hope.

Even though you might not find answers for the reasons that you and your family are facing these challenges, if you seek God, you will definitely find Him. He promises to hear your prayers and meet your needs. He is your source. He is the One who will make the impossible, possible. He has so much for us. But you see, we have to look in the right places. The answers and peace He has specifically for you won’t be found in a bar, in food, an affair, money, pornography, or anything else on this earth. Too often we look in the wrong places and wonder why we come up empty and don’t find His love, comfort, peace, grace, forgiveness, or instruction.

I mistakenly look at myself for answers, rather than all His provisions. Oftentimes, my initial reaction is to do as much as I can. God did give me the gift of problem solving, so I get after the problem with gusto. Then, feeling frustrated and having reached the end of my resources and skills, I call on God. Unfortunately, I have the wrong order and need to turn it around so I am seeking God first, then being a good steward of my skills as I attack the problem.

Too often, we exhaust ourselves with our own efforts before we ask God for His help and provision. We focus on the need and become overwhelmed by it. God wants us to pray to Him for the strength, wisdom, and resources to accomplish His will. He will help us. He does deliver.

Today, when you have difficult circumstances, notice whether you feel His peace and comfort. If so, that’s awesome. Give thanks and don’t take it for granted. If not, then examine where you look or where you turn for support in times of stress because the problem isn’t the correct place to look. Take time to meditate on God’s Word. The Bible has a great deal to say about adversity and challenges. You will find guidance, strength and hope. Open your Bible and spend quiet time with God every day. No matter how busy you are, determine to set aside that special time with Him. And remember that He is with you every moment of the day. Where you look for peace is your decision, so choose well.

Dear God, at times I get so weary, physically and emotionally. Sometimes I find myself turning everywhere else for help … coming up empty before coming to You. Help me remember to always come to You first, that You will show me the next steps. I know that You are truly my source of strength. You have so many promises for me and You have always been faithful to deliver on them. Help me remember this truth when my lenses get stressed and fuzzy. I want to look to You, and not to cheap imitations for my peace and comfort. I pray this and all prayers in the name of the One who is my ultimate Rock, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!

The Truth
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.” Isaiah 40:31

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.  Matthew 6:31-34

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