Bitterness and Blame…
Speaking of a friend who was in a hard spot, Adrian Rogers quoted him as saying, “I know the Lord put me here. I just wonder if He remembers where He put me.” LOL!
Feel that way?
I think we all have pockets of times when we feel that way!
Hold On! God is working in your life in places you see and places you don’t even recognize. As you lean into Him…even when you feel you are getting weaker…He is strengthening you. Instead of leaning to your own understanding, you are being forced to trust His understanding…His ways…His hand.
That is…if you are intentionally leaning into…His thoughts and ways rather than your own disappointment, angst and even…bitterness.
Do you know that bitterness is a slap in the face of God? How can you become bitter if you are trusting what He has allowed? Oh…I know you are saying that I can’t possibly understand what has happened to you or I couldn’t say this. After all, How could a loving God allow this?
I know. It is a fight to get to the place where you accept His hand when you have been dealt a mighty blow. Logically, though, why wouldn’t you fight that good fight?
Why would you choose bitterness and blame over peace and relationships? By that I mean your relationship with God and…your relationship with those He has given you who love you most!
Proverbs 3:3-8 (ESV) 3 Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. 7 Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. 8 It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.
Another way of saying it:
Proverbs 3:3-4 (TLB) 3 Never tire of loyalty and kindness. Hold these virtues tightly. Write them deep within your heart. 4 If you want favor with both God and man, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely; don’t ever trust yourself. Proverbs 3:6-7 (TLB) 6 In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success. 7 Don’t be conceited, sure of your own wisdom. Instead, trust and reverence the Lord, and turn your back on evil; when you do that, then you will be given renewed health and vitality.