Tag Archive | Double-mindedness

When We Face Circumstances Beyond Our Control

All of us know what it is to feel overwhelmed by things that are happening in our lives over which we have no control. I was there yesterday, from some relatively simple circumstances that caused me to feel out of control.

It was time to file the quarterly sales tax report for my husband’s video production and editing business, a task this month that simply involved paperwork since during this quarter all of our projects were for tax exempt organizations. No big thing. A simple matter of logging onto Quickbooks, running off the income report for the past three months, then filling in the report and sending it.

Simple, and not a problem to fit it in my already busy day. I thought. Not so. Thanks to Microsoft’s recent Windows 10 update on my computer that has a very annoying feature of running updates whenever it wants to do so.

I had logged into Quickbooks, loaded the needed report, and was about to print it so I could file the sales tax report when Windows locked up Quickbooks and started uploading updates. Over three hours later, I finished a project that should have taken fifteen or twenty minutes at the most.

Situations that cause us to feel out of control, whether a relatively minor one such as the one I faced yesterday or a major problem for which we have no solution without God’s help, can cause us to feel frustrated and overwhelmed and make unwise choices. Yesterday, I dealt with the frustration I was feeling by setting aside the diet boundaries I’ve been using to lose some weight and comforted myself with some cookies. Only a small detour from one of my goals for 2018, but not one I wanted to repeat.

So I took some time this morning to prepare my heart so I wouldn’t repeat the poor choices I made yesterday. I knew the proper response in such a situation was to turn to the One who is in control, to the Lord, and receive His help and strength. In the process, I came across the following list of Bible verses from one of my favorite bloggers, Rachel Wojo, which I found helpful to meditate on when we feel frustrated and overwhelmed with circumstances beyond our control. I invite you to join me in using these verses to help you respond with wisdom to the next overwhelming situation you face.


Seeking God with Our Whole Heart

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oXDW2e7kE0This familiar verse from Jeremiah came to mind as I read today’s devotional for our God-Living Girls with Chronic Illness Bible study. This devotional for our study on Jehovah Jireh begins with the following words:  “If we expect God to provide,  we first have to seek Him.”

Seeking God is a major focus of my life right now. And I am a witness to the truth of this verse. In the place of waiting for a potentially life-changing spinal surgery, I’ve been doing lots of seeking God. In a situation like this, knowing God’s will is especially important, and the way to learn and walk in His will is to seek Him.

How do we seek God? First our seeking is to be with all our heart. James tells us that coming to God with a divided heart or (as James says) being double-minded, he or she won’t receive anything from the Lord. To seek God without the intention of obeying what He shows us is being double-minded.

Two other keys to seeking God with a whole heart and spending time in His Word and prayer every day. Whether we are looking to Him as Jehovah Jireh, our Provider, or seeking Him for wisdom, He will speak to us through His Word, in our spirit where the Holy Spirit dwells, and as we spend time in His presence in prayer. God also sometimes speaks to us through other people, but everything we hear must line up with the written Word of God.

I encourage you to join me today, in spending time seeking God with all our hearts and without doubt. He is waiting to spend time with us!