I took my troubles to the LORD; I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer.
As I read this verse early in the morning hours it made me stop to catch my breath.
Where do I take my troubles?
As I thought for a few moments about who I run to when something goes wrong, I thought of a few people; my mom, my husband, my sister, my closest friends to name a few. Sometimes I even spat them off to a complete stranger in the grocery store line. Seriously!
Who do you turn to with your troubles?
Big or small, we all have troubles. Whether it is just an inconvenience that has interrupted our day or the hard-crushing news of something far more serious.
As I continued thinking about this issue of blabbing our troubles to everyone around us, I also began to think about the pressure that we apply to those people to “fix it”. If I am completely honest with myself, when I blab to my mom or to my husband, I am looking for a supportive response. I am looking for their input, their wisdom, and their comfort to deal with the situation in a tangible way. A way that I can see and feel.
But I want to take my troubles to the LORD, I want to cry out to him because he is the one that answers prayers.
I took my troubles to the LORD; I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer. Psalm 120:1
Now I am not saying that confining in our closest relationships is bad. The people around us can pray for us, stand in agreement with us, and help us fight our battles but it is not their job to fix our problems. By taking our troubles directly to the LORD and trusting Him we release the people we love from the pressure to perform in our relationship.
I look up to the mountains – does my help come from there? My help comes from the LORD who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2
We look to everyone else for help, but our help comes from the LORD. It’s a promise!
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
For I am the LORD your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, “Do not fear; I will help you.
Isaiah 41:10 & 13
The LORD is going to help me, and he is going to help you with the troubles we face.
When we truly believe this, we will have no reason to run elsewhere with our troubles, just straight to him.