|Mt. 11:28 I will give you rest.|
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My Struggle: This week presented some interesting and intriguing challenges for which I do not have a solution or an answer. I am "hemmed in" and quite honestly, this is not what I would choose.
It is during these times of being "hemmed in" that I struggle and squirm and hold on for dear life. In a sense, I am grasping for more certainty and stability, and less of the awkward and uncomfortable situation(s) where I find myself.
The Recognition: My only choice is to seek the help, guidance, and provision of the One who loves me gave Himself for me. Psalm 139:5 says,
You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.
In this Scripture passage, David recognized that the God of the universe, placed him in his current situation and he was "hemmed in." However, while David was "hemmed in," he also remembered that God's hand was upon him. The stability and certainty I desperately want and need are only found by placing complete trust in Jesus and recognizing that His hand is upon me.
His Purpose: Perhaps these awkward and unwelcome situations that we all experience are a Divine Intervention. The Savior loves us enough to allow these circumstances in our lives to develop more of our trust in Him. And by extension, we see more of who He is -- more of the character of God.
So, I ask - are you being hemmed in? Are you in a place where you have no other choice but to recognize that God's hand is upon you? If you have a personal relationship with Jesus, trusting the God of the universe with every part of your being is one of the most restful and freeing experiences you could ever have in this life. If not tested and tried...how is our level of trust or dependence upon Christ strengthened?