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Ever wished you could fly away?

The writer of Psalm 55 did. He writes, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest; yes, I would wander far away; I would lodge in the wilderness; Selah. I would hurry to find a shelter from the raging wind and tempest.”
It is a natural desire in difficult circumstances to wish to get away. People say they need a break. If we could just get away for a while we could get some rest and feel so much better. Or maybe the problems are more permanent and we’d like to move somewhere else to stay. These feelings come very naturally to us. I personally often thought about how good it would be to, just like the dove, live in the wilderness far away from people. The problem is that we cannot get a way. We are not like the dove, and there is nowhere to flee to. Perhaps we could go on holiday, but we would need to come back. As the saying goes, ‘we can’t run away from our problems’.
The Psalmist finds the solution though. “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved”. God’s gift to those who trust and love him is not to remove us from the world, or often our problems, but to sustain us in them. He will bring us through and sustain us. We need not flee anywhere, for He is near.

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Psalm 116 speaks of some very difficult times in the life of the Psalm writer.  Then verse seven says : “Return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you”.  There are hard times in everyone’s life.  But often God will rescue us from those situations or circumstances and we find ourselves in a place of peace, the storm having passed.  We should be thankful for those times.  We should also be thankful in the storms.  Just think of Paul and Silas giving thanks and singing in a horrible Roman jail (see Acts 16).  They had not only been treated injustly, they could have been having a good moan about that, but had also been beaten as part of their punishment.  They would have been cold, sore, tired, thirsty and feeling physically quite awful.  Yet they still praised.  How much more should we praise God when things are well for us.

But when we have some though a hard time, we should also remember to return our hearts to a place of rest.  If we are in Christ, why are our souls troubled? If there is one thing worse than worrying in times of trouble, it is worrying in times of ease.  We need to learn to trust in God completely.  In doing so we will not only have peace in the storms, but also in the calm.  Having been though a storm we should be all the more grateful for the peace that God has given to us.

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