Thursday, December 16, 2010

When God holds your heart, He handles your headaches

Are your mortgage, a maxed-out credit card, and a multi-year car loan driving you to the edge of madness? Are you tempted to leave it all behind and move to a place where you can actually live on your salary, find a house you can afford, and pay off your debt?

During a time of stress in Canaan (a famine), Abraham packed up his family and moved to Egypt. It is not an unusual strategy for people in crisis. These “Egypt’s” attract us with their appearance of prosperity and comfort—hope for a better life, i.e., “greener grass.” But our solution won’t be found in a different state, but a different state of mind.

Given the option, would you rather sell all your possessions and move to Costa Rica, or would you like to wake up tomorrow morning with the exact same demands and pressures but with confidence that God is going to use them to make your life more useful to Him; to put you in the path of people who need your touch; and to give you new insight for the next big challenge you'll face!?

The solution is a single-minded purpose to love and serve Him through every circumstance in your life. “The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him” (2 Chronicles 16:9), or translated into modern jargon: When God holds your heart, He handles your headaches.