Today’s Reading:  Click Here  –   Psalm 35:1-10; Numbers 22:22-28; 1 Corinthians 7:32-40   (to open the scripture links – hover over the highlighted areas, right click, open hyperlink)  

The scripture from Psalms today sure does raise an eyebrow for me.  I can absolutely relate to David’s harsh words, thought or spoken, against an enemy. So often, I say things that depict my hurt, frustration, anger and even visions of revenge.  Rage inside us can escalate and cloud our minds and impact our actions that we may later regret. That is why it is so important to examine how David’s actions are true characters of a Christian, one who walks with God, in the footsteps of Jesus and of those who went before us.  David calls upon God so often to deal with his enemies with extremely harsh and overstated pleas.  David’s heart was sincere.  He did not act on his words of rage, wrath, or revenge.  His words here were merely what he was feeling, a petition for God to step in, his suggestions on how God should handle the matter.

I think we all can admit, guilty as charge, that in our own moments of fear and rage, we scream out what we are feeling and what we would like to do.  And sometimes, that’s all we need, and we feel better.  But not always.  In those times, one of good faith would realize, vengeance is not worth the effort or consequence, and that God is in charge, our words are a faithful cry out to God who knows our hearts, to remove the thoughts and temptations from our midst, just as David had done. It is a good thing that God does know our heart, because when we are in a moment of anger and duress and such thoughts spew from our mouth and our heart,  we can embrace His mercy with the image of placing these words, feelings, temptations and impulses at the cross and walking away, letting God deal with them. It’s like a REWIND, a pass to start again. It’s MERCY! It’s the armor we wear everyday!

I got married in my late twenties, had my kids in my early thirties.  I can totally recall the pressure I felt to find the right guy, get married, have kids. Like it was a prewritten life plan.  I don’t even recall if it was MY life plan.  I didn’t know Jesus then, Had I, I often wonder how different my life would have turned out, the different choices I would have made. I love my husband, kids and life together and Jesus is a big part of it now, and I wouldn’t change a thing, but I do wonder.

Today’s 1st Corinthian passages pesuades me to REWIND, to imagine if I were single and had found Jesus then, how I could have served Him wholeheartedly without the strenuous interruptions of life and family.  I figure that it might have been much different but with its own level of challenges. I don’t know if I would  have had a different perspective and a clear plan for my life then,  but it certainly would have been an extraordinary opportunity to serve Christ committedly and with vibrant enthusiasm.

I am grateful that I now walk with Jesus and my heart is filled with compassion, excitement and determination to serve Him with all that I have.  I put Him in the center of my life and let Him lead and take the wheel so often.

I think what the scripture is saying here is, single or married, love, commitment and honor to God is the same, just with different challenges and underlying disruptions, and that he loves us none the less.

So REWIND your mind that is telling you otherwise, and fill it with the goodness of God!

Here are a few songs for your spiritual growth and listening pleasure:

‘Dear Younger Me’ by Mercy Me

‘Truth I’m Standing On’ by Leanna Crawford    

‘New Today’ by Micah Tyler

PRAYER

O Lord, how amazing are you; for you know me inside and out and my every thought before I even speak a word.  You seek and search me always, to guide my path and fight my battles. The depth of your love covers me and fills my heart. I love and serve you completely, this day and always. I pray this in my Saviors’ Holy name. Amen

 Kris