Lately, I’ve allowed a situation in my life to cause me to, on occasion, lose. MY. religion! Typically, I’m not a person who gets mad easily, or one who dislikes people, however, once in a while, we all encounter someone who just rubs us the wrong way. A person who loves nothing more than to instigate trouble and to wreak havoc. A person who allows chaos to rule their lives and intends to drag others right along with them. Let’s face it, those people do exist! And we will, at some point or another, encounter such a person.
I know when I encounter such people, my flesh wants to take matters into my own hands! I want to rip them a new one! I want to punch them in the gut, drag them to the middle of nowhere and leave them! I want to say bad things about them; you know, run them down like the dogs that they are! I want to make sure that they get exactly what they deserve! That’s when God reminds me…..#1, “That person you just called a “b!*€#” happens to need ME, and you should be praying for them”. #2, “You certainly didn’t get what you deserved.” #3, “You are a child of Mine, and you will conduct yourself as such, because #4, “I will take care of you and yours!”
Ugh! Why won’t God just let me bash someone’s face in?! It’s probably because He knows that I couldn’t fight my way out of a wet paper sack! Or maybe it’s because He has something for me to do and doesn’t want me going to jail! Or maybe it’s because He could possibly have something for that wretched person to do! I mean, He’s used me, and I was (and sometimes still am) pretty wretched! All throughout His Word He used jacked up people, so who’s to say He can’t use this person, that I’d love to punch?! I mean, I sure as heck can’t see that ever happening, but then God reminds me, “Hello! You’re not Me?!?”
That being said, I’m going to do my best to take my thoughts captive (2 Corinthians 10:5) and ask God to change MY heart toward this person. I’m going to do my best to let God be God. He is my keeper and my defender! He goes before me, and He’s on my side! He’s got this!
“Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:8