Kimberly N. Alleyne
The Harvest Magazine
Take Your Problems to God, No One Else
I am not talking to anyone else. Well, not forever, but with regard to a life crisis I am currently managing, I refuse to talk to another person. If I have spoken with 10 people, then I have received 10 very different types of counsel. Ugh! People mean well, and much of the advice I have received has been sound, but I had a eureka! moment a few days ago. While God calls us to relationship and fellowship, and definitely puts people in our lives who can mentor and advise us, ultimately, He’s a little jealous and much prefers that we confide in Him. Always.
Have you ever stumbled upon a Bible verse that you have either read before and it did not resonate, or you have never read at all and thought, “Wow! Where has this scripture been? This is just what I need right now!”? That had happened to me the other day. I was reading about King Jehoshophat in II Chronicles 20. If you haven’t read the story, you should check it out; it’s a Holy page turner. Anyway, as I was reading through the chapter, which I had read before, one verse bulged out: verse 12.
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I said, Wow! Thank You, Lord. This is just what I needed. I am going through a very dark time, and am surrounded by uncertainty it seems in every area of my life. Each day is hard, and tears often sneak up on me as intermittent rain showers. I have no idea what is happening, or what is going to happen. But God, my eyes are on you. I am looking to you, the author and finisher of my fate. Scrap everyone else. I need to hear from You. I am Yours, so you are the only one who can help me out of this, especially since you knew all this would happen. My eyes are on you.
Yassss!!! That’s it! It is not as if I read that verse and my circumstance suddenly brightened, at least not in the natural, but, my spirit lifted and I was greatly encouraged. This verse along with Psalm 121:2 became rhema for me that day. My help is in the Lord, and He and He alone is who will bring me up and out of the mess I am in. So I need to remember to look “up” to Him. Always. And, yes, of course, there certainly times when He will speak through others. Sure. But our best bet is to go to Him first and frequently. Remember, nothing that happens to us is a surprise to Him, and all our problems, all of them, are already nailed to the Cross.
God is sooooo good. I mean really…just when you are at your wits end, there He is to stretch out His hand to you with a fresh anointing to keep pushing and pressing. I am so thankful that He loves me the way He does. He knows me inside and out, and knows just what I need, and when I need it, down to the perfect scripture to carry me through an ugly day. And why wouldn’t He? He is the Great I Am. Hallelujah! The thing is, the Holy Spirit could have never directed me to II Chronicles 20 that day had I not been “quiet and still” before the Lord. The only way we can be sure we are hearing from the Lord is when we are quiet and still. When we do that, we can be sure Holy Spirit will arise and move and direct and speak so that we hear.
How Can I Usher In the Holy Spirit?
Here are the tactics I use to welcome the Spirit’s presence: