Chapter 7 - Abiding in God

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Ask yourself a question- how are you living? Are you trusting God with your life or wandering aimlessly? Are you "out-of-it" 24/7? You can trust in God. Tell him all about your problems!

From the end of the Earth I will cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.(Psalm 61:2-3)

You see, God can be a strong tower for you; a shelter to run to when all else fails. He will be a listening ear to all of your problems and frustrations when life becomes over-whelming. Life can throw rocks at us, even bolders. How we react to these rocks can vary, though.

We can:
- Turn to God
- Wallow in our problems
- Pretend to be fine and avoid our problems (which can be dangerous, in which I'll explain later)
- Turn to others
- Attempt to fix problems that we are not capable of fixing

Although we've all done most of these, sometimes we don't think of telling God before we tell our best friend, our mom, etc. Telling others may seem to help, but telling God helps tremendously.

You see, as we go through trials, tribulations and temptations, other people can try to help us through the situation. They can comfort us, but can't actually fix our problems. However, God can! God can comfort us AND fix our problems!

Sometimes, he may not fix a problem, though. He might help you through it instead of taking it away because he wants us to learn something from the experience.

So when God doesn't take away the pain that you feel or the mountain that you face, ask,
"Lord, what is it that you want me to learn from this? I can't make it on my own; I need your help."

Just remember that the God on the mountain is the same God in the valley, and you can make it through.

Abide in God and live. Run to the strong tower, and remain in his shelter until the storm passes by.

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