Go to the Throne
Have you ever been in a situation where you didn’t have a clue about what to do? Many of us have times when we feel that way.
Recently I found myself in one of those situations: I just didn’t know what to do. I had thought about it, and I had talked to friends about it, but I felt like I was hitting a brick wall. Then I realized why—I hadn’t gone to God! I had gotten so wrapped up in my circumstances that I forgot to invite God into my situation.
I think that happens to a lot of us. We’re confronted with a problem that begins to overwhelm us, and we forget God is right beside us. Don’t be hard on yourself if you’ve done that—even the disciples forgot that Jesus was with them in the midst of one of their trials!
Luke 8:22–25 tells of a time when the disciples and Jesus were crossing the Sea of Galilee. A fierce storm arose that threatened to capsize the boat. The disciples panicked, but then they remembered that the Son of God was with them, asleep in the boat.
The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
So Jesus rebuked the wind and the raging waves. The storm stopped and all was calm! Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?”
Just like the disciples, when I was in the middle of my recent problem and couldn’t figure out what to do, it dawned on me that God was right there with me.
We can run around in circles trying to find the solutions to our problems, but James 1:5–6 tells us exactly what to do: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
Ask of God. That’s what I needed to do in my situation. I said, “God, I’m clueless about what to do, but You’re not. I am asking You for wisdom.” I did what I should have done first—I went to the throne.
We can talk with our friends, we can ask family members for advice, but when it comes down to it, all we need to do is ask of God.
Sometimes we try to make things so hard! We forget that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly far above anything we ask of Him (Ephesians 3:20). And He’s always there for us. It’s as if He’s saying, “I’m standing right here to help you, but I can’t do it unless you ask.”
We have to knock…we have to seek…we have to ask (Matthew 7:7). The faith part is our job. The miracle part is God’s job.