"What came first? The chicken or the egg?" It's an old saying often used when discussing a situation and what came first – the outward evidence of what we are now seeing and experiencing or something behind the scenes that occurred previously.
Take, for example, someone who is fearful or anxious. Are they just wired that way, or did something previously happen to cause them to be fearful?
Or someone who struggles with an addiction? Did the addiction come first, which then caused a whole heap of problems, or was there a trauma or circumstance to instigate the formation of that addiction?
When we look at our lives and any issues we may have, we can be tempted to only focus on treating the symptoms rather than dealing with the root cause. However, when we do that, the outward circumstances or behaviours may change for a while, but eventually, the issue will rise to the surface again.
Primarily because everything in life has a source, and if we don't get to the source, we will only ever deal with issues superficially, allowing them to cause trouble in our lives repeatedly. We waste our time, prayers and effort merely treating symptoms rather than dealing with the root.
Today if you know that you've been struggling with an issue and it just keeps raising its ugly head. If you've talked about it, maybe even had professional help and prayed, and that thing still keeps on coming up, I encourage you to ask God to show you what the root is and what and where things are originating from.
Then rather than trying to numb the issue or filling your life with busyness and distractions, choose to face it and any of its wounds. Jesus is ready and waiting to help you through, and if you allow Him, He will work gently to make you whole again.
"Pour out all your worries and stress upon him and leave them there, for he always tenderly cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7 TPT)
"Surely, he has borne our grief and carried our sorrows. Yet we esteemed him stricken smitten of God and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon him, and by his stripes, we are healed." (Isaiah 53:3-5)
Prayer: Lord, please show me the root of any issues I may have and give me wisdom and clarity to know exactly where they are coming from. I want to be free to live the fullest life. In Jesus' Name. Amen.