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Gut Response

Posted: November 07, 2016

Have you ever been hit with news that comes out of nowhere and knocks you off your rocker?
I have, and It’s not always a fun experience.

I remember the day my mom told me she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Or the day I found out my child had food allergies.

Maybe you’ve felt similarly at the news of your parents’ divorce, or finding out you lost your job, or that your teenager snuck out of the house and was drinking. There are many times in our lives where we will receive news that alarms and disheartens us.

But what’s your gut response in those moments? I know for me, sometimes my gut reaction is to freak out, and feel helpless and hopeless! I think about all the questions, the unknowns, the potential problems, and then stress about the things I wish I could control but can’t.

When hit with troubling news, I have to consciously work to redirect my questions, my thoughts and my words to the Lord.

I want my gut response to be like that of Jehoshaphat who didn’t immediately freak out at the news of impending attack, but instead chose to seek help from the Lord.

“Some people came and told Jehoshaphat, ‘A vast army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Dead Sea. It is already in Hazezon Tamar’ (that is, En Gedi). Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him.”
- 2 Chronicles 20:2-4 NIV

Lord, thank you that we can turn to you in times of uncertainty and helplessness. Help our gut response be to “inquire of the Lord” and to seek you diligently instead of worrying or trying to control the situation by our own might. In Jesus’ name, amen.