This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15
In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:6
I have had many years of practice “running away” from problems”. Times when I’ve said to myself “I’ll deal with that tomorrow,next week, etc when I feel more like dealing with it”. “I don’t want to make anyone mad, so I won’t say anything to them”. “Ill do _____ one last time. This time I just need to get away from everything that is going on”. Do any of these excuses sound familiar?
If we are caught in a pattern of “running away”, how can we stop? Are there times when running away is the answer?
In 1 Corinthians 6:18, it discusses times to flee when we are in the midst of “temptation”. However, during trials and seeing problems up ahead; God wants us to lean on him to provide learning through tough times. These are times we have to see clearly what we and or others around us are doing to contribute to making the problems worse. And confront! Confront ourselves if we have gotten ourselves in a situation that we need to get out of. Confront others as well if they are contributing to the problem. Acknowledge and through baby steps, climbing out of the emotional “hole” we placed ourselves in.
On the BRIGHT side, once we are out of the “hole” and walking in the light – we never know what God will put before us. It will probably be much different and even better than what we imagined. 🙂
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step…..”
Father God – Thank you so much for trials that we must face and overcome, for they provide an opportunity to learn and grow in you. When we feel like running away, putting things off, not wanting to cause problems with others – give us strength and wisdom to confront these situations so we can move on and be more effective for you. Thank you for Your unfailing love. Amen.