You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. — Isaiah 26:3
A retired couple decided they would start walking two miles a day to stay in shape. They lived out in the country, so they thought they would walk a mile down their lonely country road, and then turn around and come back.
On the first day, they made it out to the one-mile mark just fine. As they began to turn around to walk back, the man asked his wife, “Can you make it back or are you too tired?”
The wife responded, “Oh, I’m great. I can make it just fine!”
“Good,” the man replied, “I’ll just wait here while you go back, get the car, and come get me!”
In the middle of life’s challenges, it’s always tempting to find the easiest way out possible. Maybe you’re looked down upon because of your faith, so you’re tempted to compromise. Or, perhaps you’re struggling with depression, so you’re tempted to numb the pain in a way that doesn’t honor the Lord.
The right way out of a hard situation isn’t always the shortest. So in hard times, seek God’s guidance in prayer and in Scripture. That’s where you’ll find the road map to His perfect peace.
Pray and ask God to give you guidance when it comes to finding the right way out of a tough situation.
Questions for thought
Think of a time when you’ve taken the quickest way out of a hard situation instead of seeking God’s guidance. Would things have perhaps turned out better if you’d sought God’s will first?
If the quickest fix were always the right one, we wouldn’t need God’s guidance. How can you be more intent on finding God’s right response when you face hard times?