I’d like to continue on the theme started yesterday. Our instincts.
God gave us instincts and emotions as part of our human nature. Without instincts, we wouldn’t pull away from a situation of danger or increased risk.
It is natural therefore, when faced with a sudden crisis if our first instincts or emotions are fear, panic, worry, and similar negative responses to an unexpected traumatic event.
God knows that it’s our nature reacting … naturally. So He forgives our first negative impulses and knee-jerk reactions.
But when we’ve calmed down a little, and taken a deep breath, that’s when we should turn to our Lord and, instinctively, seek His help. Not in a panic sort of way, but in the sure knowledge that He is there beside us, in full control of the situation, (even if we aren’t), and ready to help us and restore peace in our lives. If we let Him.
If on the other hand we dwell on our negative situation, and nurture and harbour our fears and doubts, we do God a great disservice. Because we’re implying that we don’t really trust Him to solve our situation for us. And that surely is a sin.
“Every test that you have experienced is the kind that normally comes to people. But God keeps His promise, and He will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the time you are put to the test, He will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out”. 1 Corinthians 10:13.