In today’s world, which is so full of questions and not nearly enough answers, where do we turn when we have a question or a problem which seems to be beyond our ability to resolve or answer? I know that you know as well as I, but the problem seems to be not with our hearing but often simply with our understanding. You have heard, as have I, the old expression that there is more than one way to skin a cat. That may well be true, but normally, when value is considered rightly, there is a better way and a worse way. How can we determine the difference when we have the problem?
Jesus, himself, said, Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30). In the hustle and bustle of these days we are all wishing and hoping to find a way that is easier, particularly since we don’t have a lot of time to spare. We are also hating to hear all the things we can’t avoid about the condition of our world. We can’t help wondering about how our portion of the world is going to manage and when we will finally be overcome by the evil that is growing by leaps and bounds. It’s impossible to hide, but what can we ourselves really do?
There is and has always been only one great answer to our problem. As difficult as it is to correctly understand, God’s Word tells us that He already has all the answers. It sounds so simple, but to place our trust in His hands when we can’t fathom the answer is, to be honest, a hard thing to do. However, if we contemplate what we would have to go through to get the same results we would surely be able to breathe easier if someone else would simply resolve the issue for us. One thing we need to remember though is something we should have learned as children. Our parents could always take care of us when we let them and we have always known God considers Himself our parent even though we give Him credit only for our creation. He loves and cares for us as our Father and we should be grateful and ever willing to turn to Him in whatever crisis we find ourselves. We need to remember it is what He expects and desires.
The real problem, as much as we hate to admit it, is most likely “pride”. We don’t want to admit our failings to anyone nor do we want them to see that we need help to accomplish the solution. We apparently were born with the desire to prove ourselves. As we have grown, however, we have found that there are those times when we actually need help. Is that a bad thing? If you put the shoe on the other foot, can you remember feeling good about yourself when you were asked to help someone else and you could. Can you imagine how our Creator must feel when the children He loves come to Him for help?
Before you get to feeling too bad, you might want to remember what John said, recorded in the book of Revelation – for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes (7:17). Can you think of anything better – He created us, He loves us and He will take care of us? That is what He has not only said, but promised. Throw away the tissues, rejoice and strive to live the life He always intended. Tomorrow will come soon enough.
Have Thine own way, Lord, have Thine own way,
Thou are the potter, I am the clay;
Mold me and make me after Thy will
While I am waiting, wounded and still.