Many times, we get caught up in our daily lives and lose focus on what is truly important. We allow failures at work, arguments with loved ones, opposite political views and things not turning out the way we planned to depress us. Throughout the Bible, we see believers reflect on the promises of God when they find themselves in difficult situations.
In the book of Psalm 27:1-10 (ESV):
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall.Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.
It is critical to understand that God is your salvation and nothing on earth comes close in comparison. Jesus puts it another way and asks what benefit is it for someone to gain the entire world and lose their soul (Mark 8:36)? Another way to think about His words is to ask yourself, what would I be willing to exchange my soul to receive? Would you be willing to trade your soul for an immaculate career? How about a perfect marriage? Maybe the promise for all your earthly dreams to come true?
In the book of Psalm 27:6-10 (ESV):And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord.Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! You have said,“Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face,Lord, do I seek.” Hide not your face from me. Turn not your servant away in anger, O you who have been my help. Cast me not off; forsake me not, O God of my salvation! For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in.
When you take the time to put things in perspective, it becomes easier to remind yourself how insignificant things are on earth. As a result, fear should never be a part of your decision-making process. It is part of the reason that “cowards” do not inherit the kingdom of Heaven (Revelation 21:8). When fear prevails, you will find yourself compromising your faith to maintain the peace. Just as there is no wrath on earth that compares to the love of God, there is no love on earth that compares to the wrath of God. Stay committed to the Lord and everything else will take care of itself.