Where Should I Run?
Read Psalm Chapter 16
Ps 16:4 The sorrows of those will increase who run after other gods. I will not pour out their libations of blood or take up their names on my lips.
Last year, I went through several months of depression. Some it had to do with fears for what kind of world my sons and grandchildren were going to live in. Another contributing factor was in regard to those men I have mentored who have chosen to live in the gay world, believing that God was okay with that. Of course, my main problem was that I was not trusting God to handle all those situations in the way that would be to my satisfaction. But that is a subject for another day.
During those months of depression, there was always a temptation for me to run to sinful ways in order to relieve the pain and suffering that seemed to be overwhelming me. Further, opportunity is always near at hand. In today’s society, opportunity to give in to same-sex desires resides everywhere. It is available at every turn.
During that period, I refused to seriously consider that option. I remained fixed upon God’s word. I continued to spend significant time each day studying and meditation on His word. I drove right past those places where I knew temptations could easily be fulfilled. I remembered the time when I ran to those sources of comfort, and how temporary it was – how the devastation which followed made my life much more miserable than before.
Then I remembered the times in my experience when my Lord and Savior brought comfort and relief to my despair. I recalled all the twists and turns of my life when God was in control, bringing about blessings which far exceed anything our enemy could or would ever deliver. The point: I refused to run after other gods.
The Psalmist has given us some words of wisdom which are well worth remembering. The god of this world will never be able to take our problems and deliver solutions. To run after ‘other gods’ is folly in its purest form.
Where do you run when feeling despair of any kind? Do you run to God? Do you run to Him for a moment, only to walk away when deliverance doesn’t come quickly? Truly, we have to run to Him – and stay there until we find our comfort and peace. There are no other sources of comfort and peace. Anything mankind or our mortal enemy delivers is at best temporary, or at worst, leads us to the bottom of the deepest pit.
Ps 16:8 I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Ps 16:11 You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.
Jnh 2:8 “Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.
Truly, it would be better that we spend the remainder of our lives locked in despair and depression than for us to chase after other gods. An eternity with our Lord is far more desirable than anything we will ever experience in this life. But the best news of all is that our Savior will not allow us to live the remainder of our lives in despair. Sooner or later, He will deliver to us exactly what we need to continue carrying on with His plan for our lives. Until that time comes, our decision must always be to remain at His feet, looking up to Him and Him only. He will not deny that kind of faith.
Prayer: Oh Father, all those times when I looked to other gods for comfort came to nothing. Even when those ‘other things’ weren’t inherently evil, they did not bring lasting satisfaction. Forgive me. Remind me often, that You are our only reliable source of anything worthwhile. Thank You.