August 20 (Psalm 73:16-17)
But when I thought how to understand this,
There are many things it seems wearisome to me to understand. They include everything from insurance to plans for our children’s future to evil in the world. There is no end of things I can read claiming to help me understand them. The Internet is full of resources multiplying by the minute. Do you ever notice how the abundance things offering help can be a burden in themselves? The sheer volume of help is daunting.
Whether we are facing the most mundane of problems or the most world-threatening, we need to enter the sanctuary of God for any hope of understanding them. We need to enter the physical sanctuary of our church and sit in His presence and praise. We need to enter the spiritual sanctuary of our hearts and sit in His presence and listen to His Spirit. We need to enter the living sanctuary of His word, the Bible, and be still as He speaks to us. When we do, we will discern the truth of what we must understand, and we will not be wearied with our own efforts at trying to figure things out.
It may actually be easier for us to do this when confronting the major problems of the world. We know right away they are beyond our understanding, so we may be more inclined to seek God’s wisdom. The fact is, it is not the major world problems that weary us the most. It is figuring out our insurance and planning for our children’s futures. What are some of the countless small things wearying you? Will you take them with you into the sanctuary of God?
Father, I have too much on my plate right now. Some of it I put there, and some of it has
been placed there by others. I need Your
help in understanding the way I should go with all of it. Still my heart and let me hear from You. If I start to run before You have spoken,
please stop me so I can discern truly Your will. In the name of my Lord, Jesus, amen.
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