by Joel Osteen
Friday, September 21, 2018
We all face situations that we don't see how they're going to work out. When the medical report is not good, or we have a setback in our finances, or our child is off course, if we're not careful, we'll let that problem consume us. That's all we think about. We go around feeling worried, stressed out, and can't sleep at night. The whole time God is in control and already has the solution, but the mistake we make too often is to take God off the throne and put our problem on the throne. What you constantly think about, what you're giving all your attention to, you're putting on the throne. When you're always thinking about the greatness of God and go through the day thanking Him, knowing that He's fighting your battles, you're worshipping God. But when you go around worried about how it's going to work out, always thinking about the problem, reliving the offense, stressed over your health, you're worshipping the problem. Your whole outlook would change if you would take the problem off the throne and put God back on the throne.
When David faced Goliath, it's interesting that he never called him a giant. He never said, "He's twice my size and so strong. I don't have a chance." He called Goliath "an uncircumcised Philistine." David downplayed his size because he understood this principle. He didn't put Goliath on the throne. He kept God on the throne. He said to Goliath, "You come against me with a sword and a spear, but I come against you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel" (1 Samuel 17:45).
You may be facing an illness. It's easy to let the medical report play over and over, giving you all the reasons why you're not going to get well. The more you dwell on it, the more discouraged you'll become. You have to take the medical report off the throne. You may be fighting cancer, but don't let cancer get on the throne. Cancer has a name, but there is a higher name. That sickness may be big, but it's no match for our God. Keep Him on the throne. Start thinking about how big your God is. Medical science has limitations; God is limitless. We are natural; God is supernatural. He has all power to do what medicine cannot do. He said the number of your days He will fulfill. But here's the key: if God is not on the throne, you're not giving Him permission. God works where there's an attitude of faith. You can't have God and the medical report on the throne at the same time. There's just room for one.
What's on your throne?