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Easily Led Astray

Labor Day weekend our truck died on the side of the road. We got it to the garage where we faced a hefty bill. We didn’t have money set aside for emergency repairs, but we prayed and got through it. Two weeks later, the truck lost its rear differential (whatever that is) and ended up in the garage again -- another large bill we did not anticipate. The day we got the truck back, our other vehicle blew a hose and dumped all its fluid on our driveway. My mantra for the month became, “Why me, God?”

I was overwhelmed by the financial stress of broken vehicles and unexpected bills, and I just wanted it to be over. These are feelings David could relate to. King David was on the run when he wrote Psalm 62. His own son had rebelled against him and was attempting to overtake the kingdom.

We all face moments where it feels as though nothing is going our way and the world is conspiring against us. But what David knew, and what I learned through three unexpected car repairs, is we will not be crushed by life’s circumstances when we put our trust in the Lord. Just look at what David says a few lines after his own “Why me?” moment:

“Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
    he is my mighty rock, my refuge.”

Life’s obstacles can easily distract us from being faithful to God and His plans for us. The key to perseverance is to remember the source of our strength. David calls the Lord our fortress -- a metaphor of strength and protection. When everything in us wants to say “Why me?” and give up, we need to seek the Lord even more.

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