Fight Or Flight?

All of us seem to have similar responses when we face common events in our lives. There are certain scenes that bring emotions of sadness to most of us – especially when we see a child suffer or face starvation. We tend to shrivel inside when we see a person suffering from an incurable illness. We want to lift the fallen or protect the vulnerable from abusive individuals. God planted a common thread of mutual concern in all of us that links us together to care for each other – even those we do not know.

He also gave us “common sense” when we face threatening conditions in our lives. We all seem to have two immediate reactions to life-threatening situations: we want immediate relief. We either want to “fight” or take “flight.” Psychologists would have us to think they discovered the “fight or flight” syndrome – or if we want to be more scientific – the “general adaptation syndrome.” This means we want things to return to a normal state when we are threatened. We want stability to return to our lives so we can be calm once again.

Although David did not use such “scientific language,” he knew what to do when it looked like things were about to threaten his well-being: he looked to the Lord. When faced with his destruction, he asked God to “let death take my enemies by surprise.” He believed God would destroy those who wanted to destroy him. He also asked God for “the wings of a dove” so he could “fly away and be at rest.” He knew that God would always rescue him.

It is natural and normal to want to live a life that is peaceful and calm. It is God-promised. Whenever we face threats and trials, we are to turn first to God in faith believing that He can and always will rescue us.

Prayer:  How precious is Your Word, Father that has promised us hope, help and happiness in difficult times. Thank You for Your promise that “I will never leave you nor forsake you!” In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today:  I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. Psalm 55:6-7

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