22In the time of his distress he became yet more faithless to the LORD—this same King Ahaz. 23For he sacrificed to the gods of Damascus that had defeated him and said, "Because the gods of the kings of Syria helped them, I will sacrifice to them that they may help me." But they were the ruin of him and of all Israel.
What do we do when we are in distress? Do we cling ever more tightly to the Lord, or do we seek other sources of comfort, of help? I think all of us, if we are honest with ourselves, from time to time look to other ways of being comforted and finding aid in our troubles instead, drifting perhaps off the path God has made for us. What I've found though, is no matter how tangible the things of this world seem, and it is comforting sometimes to have a tangible concrete way of finding comfort, they are utterly unreliable and what feel are ways that can help us more in a given situation, rather than coming to God, are merely illusions playing to the tune of our individual attachments and imaginations.
God is the comforter, the healer, He has all the knowledge and wisdom we seek and if we come with quiet and humble hearts before God, He will answer us. And from what I've found, sometimes it's enough to simply come to Him, offering up our burdens and receiving from Him a sense of His peace, of His presence...that sometimes that's all we need and that that gives us the strength and direction to get through the obstacles we find life throws at us.
Obstacles and troubles are like waves breaking on the shore. They will never cease. What matters is what we stand on to brace ourselves against the waves crashing on us. What are you standing on? The firm solid foundation God provides? Or the shifting sands that only man can offer? Let's keep our eyes on Jesus!