Thursday, December 24, 2009

daily text 12/24

Thursday, December 24th, 2009
"God is for us a refuge and strength, a help that is readily to be found during distresses." (Psalm 46:1)

How does God provide that help? Jehovah may maneuver matters to remove our adversity, or he may give us the strength we need to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13) Either way, we are helped. How can we avail ourselves of that help? Notice what we are counseled to do: “Throw all your anxiety upon him.” This means that we figuratively hand over to Jehovah the responsibility for all our cares and concerns. We try to stop worrying and patiently trust in him to care for our needs. (1 Peter 5:7; Matthew 6:25-32) Such trust requires humility, not relying on our own strength or wisdom. By humbling ourselves “under the mighty hand of God,” we acknowledge our lowly position. (1 Peter 5:6) In turn, this helps us to cope with whatever God permits. We may yearn for immediate relief, but we trust that Jehovah knows precisely when and how to act in our behalf.—Psalm 54:7; Isaiah 41:10.
(Watchtower issue: 03/15/08, 3:7, 8)