Do you ever feel like you’re being pushed from all directions?
From family, friends, work (or lack thereof), failing health, falling income?
The Scripture is filled with examples of people being pushed to the brink.
~ Job – Lost friends, family, and finances but that wasn’t all. He also lost health and home.
~ In Acts 16 – Paul and Silas were on their way to a prayer meeting when they ran into a slave girl who was a psychic. She earned a lot of money for her owners by telling fortunes. Paul got annoyed at her mockery and commanded the evil spirit to leave her body. Her owners were so upset about losing the income, they grabbed Paul and Silas and took them to the authorities. After being beaten they were thrown into prison!
~ And then, of course there’s Jesus. In Matthew 26(MSG) We’re told…Going a little ahead, he fell on his face, praying, “My Father, if there is any way, get me out of this. But please, not what I want. You, what do you want?” Even his most trusted friends turned their backs on Him.
But, that’s not the end, my friend…
Proverbs 3:5-6(AMP) Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.
Deuteronomy 31:8(AMP) It is the Lord Who goes before you; He will [march] with you; He will not fail you or let you go or forsake you; [let there be no cowardice or flinching, but] fear not, neither become broken [in spirit—depressed, dismayed, and unnerved with alarm].
1 Peter 5:7(AMP) Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.
Psalms 119:50(NIV) My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.
Remember…God does not “push”, He leads.