"A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire;
He rages against all wise judgment."
- Proverbs 18:1
- Proverbs 18:1
All too many times I have known both family and friends that as soon as trouble strikes they find it best to isolate themselves from everyone and everything. The saddest part is they also isolate themselves from the Word of God and from going to Him during these trials. This only allows room for the enemy to help us do what we do best: focus on ourselves and our problems.
Maybe this applies to you the reader, if so take heart because God's word gives us insight into the situation and encourages us on how to deal with it.
We have to be reminded of the Lord's Word and what He says about the situation we are facing. Too often many Christians will lean on their own understanding without consulting God's Holy Word.
" If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory."
- Colossians 3:1-4
We need to be reminded to set our minds on things above, not on things on the earth. This doesn't mean that we ignore or pretend things aren't happening but this world sometimes can weigh the believer down. When we keep our eyes on Jesus we will be reminded of who we are in Christ and our future with Him will help remind us to keep the right perspective in this fallen world. We need not close ourselves off from everybody including the Lord but instead:
"6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. " - 1 Peter 5:6-9
Let's be reminded that we can cast our cares upon the Lord, the enemy loves when our flesh chooses not to seek the Lord or His word in the midst of our trials. We have to be reminded that there are other believers going through the same trials and even be reminded not only to lift your trial up in prayer but also other saints who might be going through the same thing. We need to be steadfast in the faith. Hebrews 11 talks about " . . . without faith it is impossible to please Him . . . " Let's have faith in the one who paid it all on the cross, the one who gave us an opportunity to repent of our sins and to ask for forgiveness, the one who went to the cross, had victory over death, and rose on the 3rd day proving deity; let's have faith in our Lord Jesus. Let's remember that the Lord knows what we are going through, let's not let our fleshly pride have us to believe we have a better way.
"24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching."
- Hebrews 10:24-25
As the Day approaches fellowship is important. We will need to encourage one another, pray with one another and not isolate ourselves but instead be with the rest of the body of Christ (Church). The Lord will use people within the body of Christ to encourage you, pray for you and love you during any trial you are going through. Whatever we are going through lets not let our pride keep us from seeking prayer from other believers. Let us walk away knowing we can seek the Lord's word (eg. book of Philippians, Paul was imprisoned but still was full of joy and encouraging others to be of the same mind), that we can go to the Lord as did the Psalmist when trials arise, and for us to be in fellowship with one another. Jesus knew how difficult this world can be and what a blessing to know that He had left us with practical ways to respond to our trials all found in His Holy Word the Bible :)