Last Sunday one of our friends at church, who has definitely had his share of troubles, reminded all of us to stop dwelling on and looking at our problems or challenges and look at Jesus instead. A simple truth. I’ve heard it so many times. Why should we do that?
Looking at my problems gives them more power to intimidate, threaten, and overwhelm me. My mind then defaults to problem solving mode and trying to figure out how to fix it all. This stresses me out because I don’t know all the answers and I can’t fix it all! (Continual lesson and understatement of Mimi’s entire life.)
Looking at Jesus instead makes Him bigger in my eyes and heart, and my problems smaller or at least not occupying all of my attention. Locking my gaze on Jesus, I walk forward in the truth that assures my heart He’s in control, He is able, He is more than enough, His ways are higher, He is good, He loves me, He is faithful, He will help me, and He said He would always be with me. No worries.
The temporary loses out to the eternal. Proper perspective reminds me my hope and heart are sealed for eternity with Jesus. So bottom line, no worries!
Psalm 91 is full of promises from God for his little ones, his people:
Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty…He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him…His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid…The Lord says, ‘I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them…
Sometimes I like to go verse by verse in a passage of scripture and make a list of the things the Word says I need to do and what God promises to do.
In this Psalm, we don’t have to do too much for God to respond, lavishing reassurances and love by telling all that He will do.
Psalm 91 tells me I need to:
- live in the shelter of the Most high (come to God in faith,
trusting Jesus to forgive me and lead me)
- Find rest in His Shadow (to me this means putting myself under and/or behind God, knowing my place and who He is)
- look to Him alone for refuge (always go to and trust God first for help
rather than myself or someone/something else)
- Call on Him (pray, spend quiet, uninterrupted time with Him)
- love and trust Him (love Him with my life,
in a way that proves I have faith in Him)
God promises all of this:
- We will find rest
- He will be our refuge and rescue
- He will cover us, shelter us, shield us with his faithfulness
- He will not let evil conquer us
- He will even order angels to protect us and hold us up
- He will guard and protect us
- He will answer us
- He will honor us, reward us, give us salvation
- He will be with us
Whatever problems, challenges, decisions, anxieties, diseases, or fears are looming over you, even suffocating you, don’t give in to them. They’re not as big as they appear. It can be difficult but even if you have to look through them to see Jesus, determine to make Him your focus, your aim. Remember and lean on God’s promises. Dwell on who He is, not what is hurting or troubling you. You can even pray the Scripture and make it personal:
Your Word says, “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” God, You alone are my refuge, my safe place, because You are my God and I trust You.
Rescue me, cover me, let me find shelter in You.
Your faithful promises are my armor and protection!
I won’t be afraid.
God, you said if I make You my refuge and shelter,
no evil will conquer me.
Send your angels to watch over me and hold me up.
You said you rescue those who love you, you protect those who trust you.
I love you, Father God, and I trust you!
Hear me when my heart cries out and answer me.
I’m counting on you to be with me in my troubles, hold my head up,
and bring me home someday to the reward of being with You forever.