Proverbs 18 12-18-18

Calling on the LORD in times of trouble is a lot easier when we have been meeting with Him regularly during good days.

Proverbs 18:14 A man’s [human] spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?

We tend to have a “go-to” method for dealing with stress. Some people use exercise; some people use alcohol to unwind (careful with this one; using mind-altering drugs is dangerous: If we turn to them when times are bad, THEY WILL TAKE OVER!), while others lose themselves to video games or tv in general. Some people like to go out; some want to hole up and read. There is nothing inherently wrong with any of these unless we are ignoring time with our LORD. HE wants to be our go-to Person when times are good AND when times are bad. We need to establish a rapport with Him and a routine so that when bad times come, our routine is set.

Note: If we have a propensity to over-do in any of these areas of stress-relief, it will be better if we find something else to use. We know our weaknesses, and setting guard rails is the mature thing to do.

Proverbs 14:10 Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.

It seems that God reserves our deepest emotions for Himself–which makes sense since He’s the only One who knows our hearts. He really is a friend who “sticks closer than a brother (v24).” Let’s make sure that our default is set to go to Him. He WANTS us to!

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

From “JESUS CALLING” by Sarah Young, December 18:

“An ongoing problem is like a tutor who is always by your side. The learning possibilities are limited only by your willingness to be teachable. In faith, thank Me for your problem. Ask Me to open your eyes and your heart to all that I am accomplishing through this difficulty. Once you have become grateful for a problem, it loses its power to drag you down.”

From December 17:

Facing the emptiness inside you is simply the prelude to being filled with My fullness. Therefore, rejoice on those days when you drag yourself out of bed, feeling sluggish and inadequate. Tell yourself that this is a perfect day to depend on me in childlike trust.”

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