Today I accepted a challenge from a good friend of mine to join her on a reading plan. We didn’t want to read the Bible in a day, so we went to Biblestudytools.com and selected the Wisdom plan. Tonight my assignment was to read Psalm 1-4. I was getting a little discouraged because I felt like I wasn’t hearing the voice of the Lord, I wasn’t hearing him minster to me, lead me, guide me, give me that directional oomph. Well tonight he reminded me to be angry but not sinful.
Psalm 4:4The Message (MSG)
4-5 Complain if you must, but don’t lash out.
Keep your mouth shut, and let your heart do the talking.
Build your case before God and wait for his verdict.
I absolutely love how The Message puts it. Have an issue, have a problem, feel your emotions, heck even disagree. The problem/trouble is not in that its in how we react to it. This is such a slap on the hand for me. I am not sure how you handle things but I am not always one to take things laying down. You offend me, I want to talk about it. You make me angry, I want to let you know it. There is no waiting on God when I am in my emotions. Its all me 100%, just plain ole emotional, offended, carnal me.
I am sure that I am not the only one who makes themselves look like a fool. Tonight, lets apply his wisdom to our lives concerning these situations. Lets do just as he says and keep our mouths shut. Feel, yes, but take it to him and let him work it out for us. He already knows how we feel, what sore the salt was poured in etc. He already knows. He knows everything about us, and the absolute amazing thing is that good, bad, right, wrong, and indifferent, he loves us just the same. Knowing all of this about us before we even knew it about ourselves and he still thought it not robbery to forgive us over and over and over again. To continually be patient with us and favor us, to shower us with his love and blessings….just meditate on how he loves us…
Thank you for showing me myself in your word. Thank you for your continual work on me. I know that I am not perfect but yet being perfected. Lead me, speak clearly to me. Tame my tongue, my thoughts and my reactions. Let me not focus on pleading my case and making sure that my feelings are understood and my voice heard, but remind me that it is you who fights the battles for me. No one Else’s opinion matters in the end but yours. I want to live my life pleasing you….