This devotional was originally published on August 25, 2016.
This week at c|Life, we talked about the fact that during turbulent times we almost always reach for something. We reach for our seat belts in an airplane. If we are walking down the stairs and hit something slippery, we naturally reach for the handrail. During financially turbulent times, we have a tendency to reach for our portfolios. We almost always reach for something when the world gets shaky around us.
When we forget to remember God’s perfect character, as well as how faithful he has been in the past, it’s really easy to reach for the wrong things.
In the book of Jeremiah, God says through his prophet:
for my people have committed two evils:
they have forsaken me,
the fountain of living waters,
and hewed out cisterns for themselves,
broken cisterns that can hold no water.
— Jeremiah 2:13
The truth is that when we turn to something other than our Heavenly Father for support, help, comfort or security, we are turning to something that will never fail to fail us. Like trying to draw water from a broken well that is empty, we find ourselves trying to be helped by something that cannot provide assistance.
I love the way the Psalmist wrote it in Psalm 86:
There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,
nor are there any works like yours.
All the nations you have made shall come
and worship before you, O Lord,
and shall glorify your name.
For you are great and do wondrous things;
you alone are God.
Teach me your way, O LORD,
that I may walk in your truth;
unite my heart to fear your name.
I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
and I will glorify your name forever.
For great is your steadfast love toward me;
you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
— Psalm 86:8-13
As you go through your day today, remind yourself that there is none like God. He stands alone as our provider, redeemer, creator, savior, help, healer and way maker. Remind yourself throughout the day that any thing you reach for other than your Heavenly Father will disappoint you and leave you wanting. Reach for your Heavenly Father today and take refuge in him.