As the day approached for us to leave our home of 43 years behind and move to smaller quarters, we felt the pressure. The old phrase ‘under the gun’ came to mind. It is my understanding that the term originated during World War I. A soldier was ‘under the gun‘ during the first part of a charge across no-mans’ land when they were under artillery bombardment. It has now come to mean you are under intense pressure to move forward, to act.
I could relate to the Apostle Paul’s comments in 2 Corinthians, “At that time we were completely overwhelmed, the burden was more than we could bear, in fact we told ourselves that this was the end” (2 Corinthians 1:8, Phillips). I was feeling overwhelmed, under the gun, Sunday morning when I arrived at my Sunday School class. It was there, in the Lord’s house, that I found relief from the pressure and concern.
It was as if the Lord had prepared the lesson especially for me. The teacher spoke of what to do when you feel overwhelmed. He suggested that we ask ourselves three questions:
- Does God know about my situation?
- Is the situation too big for God to handle?
- Does God have a plan?
The answers were obvious: Yes. No. Yes. I could feel my anxiety melting away and my spirits were being lifted. Scripture says, “So, humble yourselves under God’s strong hand, and in his own good time he will lift you up. You can throw the whole weight of your anxieties upon him, for you are his personal concern” (1 Pet. 5:6-7, Phillips). I knew I was no longer ‘under the gun’, but under God’s hand and plan.
All to often, we experience unnecessary anxiety and pressure. As a believer, we are assured of the Lord’s presence. He is willing and able to help us, if rely on Him. Ask yourself the three questions above. You don’t need to live ‘under the gun’.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
~ Brother Roy