Sometimes life presses in on you. It presses in so hard you feel like you cannot breath and there is no way out. It swarms in around you and it can feel hard to breathe!
Life happens. It can throw us into a pit of despair so deep and depressing that we can see no end or light.
This has been my experience over the last 2 years.
There are countless reasons and circumstance which can throw you off and leave you feeling hopeless.
Death of a loved one
Stressful and horrible work environments
Sickness in ourselves or our families
Panic attacks and anxiety
Being over committed
All of these things (and plenty more) can send you in a downward spiral towards hopelessness and despair.
As any one who has looked around on my blog or Instagram a little bit would know, my reason for despair has been suffering for almost 4 years now with infertility and miscarriage. It has been a heartbreaking and challenging journey thus far and I’m sure will continue to be so for a while now.
But is despair how we should deal with these troubles that push against us?
Is cowering down and trying to hide from our worries and complaints doing us any good? Does it solve the problems at all?
Of course we know it doesn't. When problems arise in life the place we need to turn to first is Scripture for a right and Godly answer to our struggles.
I came across this section of Scripture recently and it impressed upon my heart something important.
“All nations surrounded me; in the name of the LORD I cut them off!
They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side; in the name of the LORD I cut them off!
They surrounded me like bees; they went out like a fire among thorns; in the name of the LORD I cut them off!”
~ Psalm 118:10-12
These “nations” were literal to David. He had many other nations pressing against him and trying to defeat him and in God's name he destroyed them. But what application does this have for us?
Those nations pressing in on David were his big worry and distress. The Psalms are full of references to David being really worried about the people around him who wanted to kill him.
Our worries and distresses are exactly the same. I actually love the way the scripture here describes these worries. The similes here so accurately show the way it feels to have times of trial in your life.
It feels as though you are surrounded. Bad turns to worse and it just keeps slipping downward. It really is like swarms of bees. Trying to run won’t help. They sting you from every angle and it feels like there is no escape. Fire on dried thorns takes off and blazes at incredible speeds like our troubles can. They can escalate from nothing to horrific in seconds.
If our worries are represented here in scripture by David’s worries the what is the application for us? How do we cut down our worries in the name of God?
We cut down our struggles by declaring God’s goodness over them.
Infertility, you are of little importance because my God has something bigger for me.
Anxiety, you are nothing. God is guiding my life perfectly for His glory, so what do I need to fear?
Death, where is your sting and grave your victory? Christ has conquered death so we have no need to fear it.
God is in control. His plan is being worked out perfectly in our lives.
When stressful and painful situations occur in life we need to turn straight to God. It can be hard to do but it will make all the difference. In the name of God we must cut down those things that have taken captive our hearts and minds so that we can return to the peace and rest that we have in Him.
Have you had something pressing in on you recently? How can you go about cutting that down in the name of the LORD?