Looking For Trouble

Philippians 4:6… “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God” (Amplified). Peter says in 1 Peter 5:7, “Let all your anxieties fall upon him, for his interest is in you” (Moffatt). Did you notice it? God’s great interest is in you. Proverbs 8:31… “and my delights were with the sons of men” (KJV).

Very often in the course of our life we get emotionally upset over a problem that we anticipate will come, and we wander out of our place. The synonyms for the word “anxiety” are “uneasiness, worry, apprehension, misgivings, distress, tension, suspense, fretting, uptightness, dread, fear.” King David said in 1 Samuel 27:1“But David kept thinking to himself, ‘Someday Saul is going to get me. The best thing I can do is escape to the Philistines. Then Saul will stop hunting for me in Israelite territory, and I will finally be safe’” (NLT). David was anticipating trouble, and he was upset. He thought that Saul would eventually kill him if he stayed where he was. He figured that he would be better off if he moved to another state (the land of the Philistines), so he did. While there he met King Achish (“angry”) the son of Maoch (“pressure, squeezed, compressed”), and the king of Gath (“winepress”) who gave to David Ziklag (“winding”). This is what happens when you wander out of your place. By anticipating trouble, David ran into a greater squeeze and into more grief. He didn’t let his anxieties fall upon the Lord. He forgot that God had a great interest in him.

Proverbs 27:8… “As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place” (KJV). Whenever you get into difficulties and run to a place that God is not in, you will find greater anxiety and emotional upsets. Everything doesn’t work everywhere. For instance, you can’t grow cotton in Alaska. The climate that controls the soil is not suitable. This is an important lesson to learn when you are serving the Lord. The Bible teaches to make your calling and election sure (2 Peter 1:10). Jesus taught in Matthew 10:11, “Find out where you are received and stay there.” James was most successful in Jerusalem, Paul in reaching the Gentiles. Phillip found his place in Samaria. Jesus found greater success in Galilee than in Judea. King David got out of sync when he fled to the land of the Philistines. Stay in the place where you fit best. Stay with what you do best. God has an interest in you. Accept what God has determined for you, and quit trying to duplicate in yourself what God has determined for someone else (get out of copycat mode). Bad judgment brings loss, hurts, and sorrows.

Daniel 6:18-23… King Darius was emotionally upset when Daniel was thrown in with the lions. He anticipated that Daniel would be eaten up by the lions because of a wrong decision that he had made. Darius spent a sleepless night and was not able to eat. He was full of anxiety and was restless. God has an interest in you, and He is not passive towards us to the point of ignoring our needs. He seeks us. Jesus makes house calls. He didn’t say, “Make an appointment to meet with me at My office.” Jesus didn’t confine Himself to synagogues only, or to your church only, or to special seminars, or to regional conferences. He traveled over dusty roads to villages and towns and found interest in people. He met the women at the well at high noon, He found fishermen at their boats, and He found the sick on the roads and in homes. He was about His Father’s business. He worked the works of Him that sent Him. Jesus has an interest in you.

Mark 16:1-8… Some fine, believing women were on their way to anoint the body of Jesus and they anticipated trouble in moving the stone that blocked the entrance into the tomb. When they arrived, the stone was rolled away. Often in life we have unpleasant jobs to do and we get emotionally upset, only to find in arriving at the problem it was already solved. God has an interest in you. You must believe this.

1 Kings 19… Elijah was emotionally upset and anticipating trouble because Jezebel threatened to kill him. So Elijah wandered out of his place and ran for his life. He ran into isolation. God, however, still had an interest in him and sent an angel to feed him and refresh him. God personally came and spoke with him. He asked Elijah what he was doing outside his proper place. To make a long story short, Elijah went back and anointed Elisha to be prophet too. When your pressures are heavy, remember that God has an interest in you. He has a lot invested in you. Psalm 37:8 (ESV) says, “Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.” (It also leads you to wander out of your place and be squeezed into the devil‘s mold.)

Isaiah 55:6 exhorts us to seek the Lord. God’s purposes for your life are not easily seen sometimes. You need to look for Him even if He is near. Daniel set his face to seek the Lord (Daniel 9:3). We do not seek the Lord in a casual manner. Seeking Him is serious business. People wander out of their place because they are not seeking God’s will in the time they anticipate trouble. Many run from prophet to prophet to justify their wandering from place to place. God is not lost. When we wander out of our place, we are the ones who are lost. Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not” (KJV). God has an interest in you. Instead of anticipating trouble, anticipate God’s grace helping you. Today, God is saying to you, “I am God. I will be handling all your problems. Please remember, I do not need your help. If the devil happens to put you in a situation that you cannot handle, do not attempt to handle it by yourself. Just put it into the “’Something For Jesus To Do’ box. I will address it in My time, not yours. Because I never slumber or sleep, there is no need for you to lose sleep or wander out of your place. Fret not. If you need to contact Me, I’m only a prayer away.”

Pastor George Belobaba

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