Postpone Panic by Gary Ellis

I’ve discovered (and am still discovering) that “panic” to respond to a negative situation or circumstance is never what Dr. Jesus orders.

For me, panic has never been motivated by faith.  And, what’s more…the results to a “panic driven reaction” always has one of the following results:

  1. The “solution” was temporary.
  2. The “solution” didn’t bring peace.
  3. The “solution” caused even more problems.
  4. The “solution” didn’t help me grow in faith or trust.

Most of the time the need for an “immediate response” is a faulty perception.

It has been my experience, time and time again, that God is never caught off guard.  He has never says, “Whoa…we have a problem, Houston!”

What’s more…God is smart enough to know the ins and outs and all the natty little details.  Typically He alone has the perfect wisdom to apply the perfect solution.  And if we let Him do “His Job,” His ways and means will work out far better than our “panic attack.”

Does this excuse an attitude of procrastination on our part?  Nope.  Not at all.  You know whether or not procrastination is your “drug of choice.”

But, if you are feeling “panicky” and driven to respond out of fear…then stop.  Pull back.  Tell God you trust him with (this or that) situation or person.  And, also tell Him that you know He knows how to do His job and doesn’t need your advice.

Decisions that you are given no time to make are not normally the result of something God’s wisdom would lead you into.

Postpone Panic.  Stop focusing on natural circumstances.  Intentionally turn the situation over, in trust, to the One who has perfect wisdom.

In fact, sometimes you need to just take a nap or a night’s sleep as an act of faith.  Avoiding life through sleep is not what I’m advocating.  But, I think you know that already.

Panic decisions and actions are not your friends.

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  • Connie Hill

    This is so TRUE! If we treated panic the same way it treats us ~ we would push back and do the opposite of what it wants us to do. When it tries to pressure us into reacting to something ~ we push back and say ‘no we won’t react’. We should treat panic moments the same as loosing control of a car ~ get the foot off all the pedals and slow everything down gently. ~ ~ I really like the idea of a “faith nap”.

    • Great imagery – How to respond to “loosing control of a car”