A thought by Mark Batterson, (2015-10-06) from his book, If: Trading Your If Only Regrets for God's What If Possibilities (Kindle Location 2102-2103). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
No matter what the problem is there is a solution. Do you believe that or do you think there is no way out of your situation? If you believe that then you feel hopeless don’t you? So this thought could bring you a slimmer of hope which could be the start of a solution. But the next problem would be how to get into God’s presence.
Marks says, “The quickest way to get into God’s presence is by getting into God’s Word.”
He then says, “It’s unlike any other book in my library. As inspiring as many of those books are, they are made of dead trees. The Word is living and active. And when the Holy Spirit quickens the Word, it becomes a life-giving force. It’s like a shot of adrenaline.”
He goes on, “A few years ago, I hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. When we got to Dead Woman’s Pass, with an elevation over 13,000 feet, I got a headache because I wasn’t getting enough oxygen to my brain. At that elevation, the atmosphere has 43 percent less oxygen. Fortunately, our guide pulled out a can of pure oxygen. Yes, I inhaled.”
“God’s presence is pure oxygen. Nothing shifts barometric pressure like worship— it changes and charges the atmosphere. And when you acclimatize, you have far more faith.”
There is always hope in God’s presence. A Psalm would be a good place to start. Today is the 12th day of this month so go and read Psalm 12 or 42 or 72 or 102 or 132. And then see what happens. As you get into his presence he can give you insight into a solution and strengthen your faith.
So what insight did you get from his Word?