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When you are distressed…

"Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and body with grief.  My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails me because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak."   Psalm 31:9-10


David was a man who experienced incredible highs in life, but he also experienced desperate lows.  David had many enemies, both abroad and at home.  David experienced distress.  In Psalm 31, David described his distress like this: "I am forgotten as though I were dead.  I have become like broken pottery.  I am an object of dread to my closest friends."  David was covered in distress.  And David took his distress to God.  In Psalm 31:14-16, David said, "But I trust in you, Lord; I say, 'You are my God.'  My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me.  Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love."

I don't know where you are in life today.  I don't know if you are experiencing an incredible high or a desperate low.  But I am convinced that times of distress will come in our lives.  For some, those times of distress may seem to hold on longer than wanted.  But we, too, have a choice like David had.  We can take our distress to God.  We have the choice to say, "I trust in you, Lord.  You are my God!"  God cares for us at all times, but most especially in our times of distress.  1 Peter 5:6-7 says, "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."  Like David, we need to recognize God's mighty hands.  We need to recognize our own helplessness and turn to the One who holds time and unfailing love in His hands.  When we are in distress, let's turn to God because He cares for us!

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