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WHERE CAN WE GO BUT TO THE LORD

 Living below in this old sinful world

Hardly a comfort can afford

Striving alone to face temptation so

Where could I go but to the Lord

 

Where could I go, oh where could I go

Seeking a refuge from my soul

Needing a friend to save me in the end

Where could I go but to the Lord

 

Life here is grand with friends I love so dear

Comfort I get from God’s own word

Yet when I face the chilling hand of death

Where could I go but to the Lord

 

Where could I go, oh where could I go

Seeking a refuge from my soul

Needing a friend to save me in the end

Where could I go but to the Lord

 

This morning I woke up singing this song. Do you ever do that? Wake up with a song flowing through your mind? I believe it was the Holy Spirit bringing me thoughts of peace and comfort. Over the past couple of weeks I have been going through some trials at work; stressful trials that are stretching my control. Up till today I hadn’t thought much about why they were happening, but I feel as if the Lord has said, “How far can you go?” Perhaps it is time for me to be stretched.

We know that life isn’t easy. We know hard times come along and our ground is shaken. But there are also the good and easy moments, where we feel as if we are okay. I suppose this is where I was. “I’m set and I’ve got things under control.” We are confident that whatever happens we can stand firm in the Lord. But let me ask you something, do we stand firm or do we lose it? Okay, I am going to be honest – sometimes I lose it.

            No, I don’t scream and cuss people out or even strike with force, but I do talk. I express and express my frustration and irritation. I have always been an emotional person so I cry and growl and well, you get the rest.  There is a time to be angry; in fact Ephesians 4:26 says,  “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath”. So I take that, as it is okay if I get angry at injustice or ungodliness, but I just can’t sin when I do it!

            Now that sounds all wonderful and great, but let’s be honest, at the climax point do we control it or do we give it all we got! Do we let all our ammo fly? Sure we do! We want people to know when we are mad or unhappy or whatever we are feeling. Perhaps we go back to our childhood way of pitching a fit to get our way. But does that really work? NO! Most of the time it makes the situation worse. And we still don’t get what we want. Is there a better way to attack these situations? YES!

            If you read to the end of Ephesians 4, we see where God gives us instruction about what to do when this happens!

Ephesians 4:27-32

“Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that, which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

      We all face times when we just want to scream. We get irritated and frustrated. But we should take those situations and apply God’s Word to them. We should also take those opportunities and grow from them. Those times should not move us spiritually but rather help mold us for the better. Why do we let things like that get to us?

    I remember only once when Christ got angry – in the temple. And in that situation He had Divine cause. All the other times Christ faced those ungodly and unjust situations how did He deal with them? He was calm, patient, uplifting and controlled. He didn’t let stress stress him out! (~Haha, Did you get that?) If we are trying to live as Christ, then do we not follow His direction? Yes! We can be controlled in those times. We can face those situations with calmness and clearness of mind. And as a Christian we should do it even more so! We need to take those times that stretch our abilities and grow.

      Perhaps I am writing this article for myself. When we get comfortable and think we’re okay, we have already failed. None of us have reached perfection. Although it isn’t really fun, we need God to stir our lives and smooth the lumps out. We have the ability to be Christ like and so we should do it. I encourage you, when faced with those times, to look up to the Hills from whence cometh your help and go to the Lord! Ask God to reveal your next step and then take it with confidence that you can do it. He guides and leads you. You just have to be willing to follow Him! In those times there is only one who can really help us. Where can we go but to the Lord?

Haley Marie

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"It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him." Lamentations 3:22-24

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