One of the great challenges of life is trusting God in a crisis. Everything is up for grabs! It is as if the ground shakes and wobbles beneath you uncontrollably. Everything you have grown to depend on is unstable. Every principle and precept that worked before is now in question. Nothing seems to work right – one thing after another fails. One minute faith… the next minute frantic! You try this… and then you try that… You cry out to God! You read the Scripture! You ask for the counsel and advice of friends! You feel panic! You pray some more! You ask, “will this situation never end!?”
David, the Psalmist, knew those feelings! I read the words he penned in Psalm 27 this morning during “coffee with the Lord” and I identified… I think you will too. Why not make his words your own today?
“The Lord delivers and vindicates me! I fear no one! The Lord protects my life! I am afraid of no one! … Even when an army is deployed against me, I do not fear. Even when war is imminent, I remain confident. I have asked the Lord for one thing— this is what I desire! I want to live in the Lord’s house all the days of my life, so I can gaze at the splendor of the Lord and contemplate in his temple. He will surely give me shelter in the day of danger; he will hide me in his home; he will place me on an inaccessible rocky summit… Hear me, O Lord, when I cry out! Have mercy on me and answer me! My heart tells me to pray to you, and I do pray to you, O Lord. Do not reject me! … You are my deliverer! Do not forsake or abandon me! … Even if my father and mother abandoned me, the Lord would take me in. Teach me how you want me to live; lead me along a level path! … Where would I be if I did not believe I would experience the Lord’s favor in the land of the living? Rely on the Lord! Be strong and confident! Rely on the Lord! (from Psalm 27 the NET Bible)
So here’s what I believe… I believe the Lord can help me! If I call out to Him – If I depend on Him… I believe He can turn my “frantic” into faith!