Once again, I find myself immensely grateful for the blunt truth of Scripture! The Bible is incredibly matter-of-fact, it tells you just like it is:
It’s a powerful message, no? “Troubles multiplies for those who chase after other gods,” according to Psalms 16:4a (NLT). Good heavens! David, the Psalmist, sure doesn’t mess around.
But he has a point, doesn’t he? When we start pursuing anyone or anything more than God, then our troubles literally start to multiply.
Note that David didn’t say, “You’re problems will start to add up.” Instead, he indicates that our issues will begin to multiply.
I’m no mathematician here, but surely you realize that when things are multiplied, they become almost exponentially bigger? Almost unfathomably so – and fast, too. Consider:
- 2×2 = 4
- 4×4 = 16
- 16×16 = 256
- 256 x 256 = 65,536
And so it goes. I’m sure you take my point. Things seem manageable when the numbers are just in triple digits, then – out of nowhere! – suddenly we are looking at a five-digit situation. What appeared deceptively manageable before is now completely overwhelming.
The lesson seems clear to me: I need to be careful what I’m chasing! It’s not wrong to have dreams or hopes and to pursue those things, but when I put those things first, then I get into trouble.
Dear Lord, thank You for this reminder that I always need to prioritize my relationship with You first. Ultimately, it’s in my best interest to do so! Otherwise, when I chase after things or people hoping that they will satisfy a need that only You can fulfill, my problems inevitably begin to increase. It’s simply a matter of fact, like the time-proven principle of multiplication.
Remind me that I’m not trying to needlessly multiply my problems; rather, I want to divide them by refocusing my attention on my relationship with You. After all, only You have the power to intervene in my circumstances and cut my problems down to size. No one else in this universe has the ability to do such a thing, and I am in awe of You and Your absolute sovereignty over everything and everyone – past, present, and future.
Thank You for hearing my prayer. In Christ’s name I pray, Amen.