When being slapped across the face is a good thing
Psalm 36: 1An oracle is within my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes. 2For in his own eyes he flatters himself too much to detect or hate his sin. 3The words of his mouth are wicked and deceitful; he has ceased to be wise and to do good. 4Even on his bed he plots evil; he commits himself to a sinful course and does not reject what is wrong.
This is what I read this morning and I had a massive life changing reaction. Recently, every time I read the Bible I come away being challenged to change and refine who I am, but this reading was in a completely different league. This wasn’t so much a polite tap on the shoulder, but a slap across the face. And I needed it.
It caused me to seriously assess some of how I was living my life which led to much confession, and a decision to reject what is wrong. And this caused considerable grief and pain and yet, I knew in my head that my decision was right, even if my heart completely disagreed.
And then shortly after, I received a letter telling me that I was not successful with a particular ministry role I had applied for. With both I was abundantly reminded of the importance of me doing God’s will rather than my own will. As painful as it is, I will still choose God’s path for my life over whatever plans I might have.
And then I read the final part of Psalm 36
5Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. 6Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. O LORD, you preserve both man and beast. 7How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings. 8They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. 9For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. 10Continue your love to those who know you, your righteousness to the upright in heart. 11May the foot of the proud not come against me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away. 12See how the evildoers lie fallen— thrown down, not able to rise!
Wow!! The promise for those who seek the Lord’s will! God is good to those who seek after Him!!
I praise God for today, as painful as it has been I can see the hand of the Lord at work in my life.
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