Before you do or say anything…

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Scripture: Psalm 4:4 When you are disturbed, do not sin; ponder it on your beds, and be silent. 5 Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the LORD.

Observation: This psalm is attributed to King David who wrote it while under attack from powerful enemies. We don’t know if they were enemies from within his kingdom or without, but doesn’t really matter. You would think someone as powerful as a king would take matters into his own hands. I mean, David is the one who walked out to fight the giant Goliath with just a slingshot and a few rocks! But in this case David stopped acting and started praying.

Application: People do ill-advised things when we are “disturbed”. We say things and take actions we later regret. Has happened to me more times than I can count. Over the years I’ve gotten a little better at resisting the temptation to act immediately in anxious situations. Why? Because I’ve found that when I take a deep breath and wait 24 hours (or longer), taking time to pray and seek the Lord before acting, my response is generally MUCH better. Outcomes are much better.

Do you find yourself anxious today? Is there a situation in your life you’re tempted to deal with while you’re in a “disturbed” state? Don’t. Stop. Breathe. Pray. Pray some more. Then act.

Prayer: Lord, so often we want to take matters into our own hands. And sometimes this is the right thing to do – particularly in life/death sorts of situations where time is of the essence. But most often we make a mess of things when we’re anxious. Give us grace to pause, and pray, then act. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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