Scripture: from verse 36
The sound of a driven leaf will frighten [you], so that [you] will flee as one flees from the sword and fall when no one is pursuing.
Observation: This is one of the penalties for not following God’s will: the land will be overrun and most of the people will be captured and taken away, and the remainder will live in fear. If God’s people followed His will, this would be true of their enemies instead.
I used to struggle with social anxiety. Actually I still do, but it’s much, much less than it used to be. And as a result there was almost always a couple of people who I was quite convinced hated me. I don’t know where the idea came from, but I would misinterpret every glance and comment as disdainful and critical. And it would make me feel sick and sad and tired, and I never knew what to do about it.
And that’s what life is without God. Without His perspective, we see things wrong. A blowing leaf looks bigger than it is, and the beginnings of a real storm look insignificant.
Application: Look for God’s perspective before you react. Don’t get caught up in your own perceptions.
Prayer: Father, thank you for being the Truth that is at the core of creation. Thank you for holding all things together. Help me to see things the way you do. Amen.