13 October 2014

There are so many distractions in our daily lives that pull us away from God. These distractions draw away our peace and rest in God. They take away our sense of security and replace it with a sense of anxiety and self-centeredness. They move us away from the source of true fulfillment so that we latch on to other objects and things to replace the source of fulfillment. But we keep sinking as we do. They say – it is there and not here, it is something which will elude you unless you take hold of it now, it is something which you deserve but do not yet have. How many times, have i been distracted by these thoughts throughout the day. How many things trigger these desperate thoughts which cause me to lose my stronghold in God? How often do i find myself under a pile of anxious thoughts, burdens and worries that cause me to sink deeper and deeper into the mud?

The psalmist of Psalm 40 understood this well:

Psalm 40:1-5 “I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord. Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord, who have no confidence in the proud or in those who worship idols. O Lord my God, you have performed many wonders for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. You have no equal. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them.

Lord, i turn to You because only You can save me from my desperate thoughts and anxieties. See how low i have sunk, see how desperate i have made myself. How foolish i may have acted. How much i really need You to be my anchor and stronghold. Come to me Lord. Save me Lord. Pull me out of the miry clay.

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