Breaktime: Handling Life
LORD, do not forsake me; do not be far from me, my God. Psalm 38:21
David ends this Psalm with a turn toward God for help for his greatest need is His constant presence around him. David realizes his need and it is God he needs to draw strength from. David suffered so much in this Psalm through sin, pain, abandonment or evil accusations which brought him humbly before God for his presence.
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:7,8
These two verses were lived in action throughout this entire Psalm as David revealed to us how to live with God in our pain with sin. He showed us that acknowledging the sin in our lives would set us free from its power living in our life. He revealed to us that resisting the devil by pursing good would give us fleeing power from his evil accusations. Now he asks God to come near him as he is.
When we try to deny our life before God, none of this works. If we try and cover up the places in life with lies and denials, we will stay right there. Vulnerability allows us to admit the place we are in, knowing we need help. Often, we have to go through terrible hardships before we confess our need and get to a place where the only way out is God. God is our way every day and His daily presence is the rescue we need. All He offers us is Himself, in every situation and we don’t need to wait until we can’t handle the struggles of life. We need His presence every day.
Today in the Workplace
Who is handling your life? How is that working?