Not sure about anyone else and maybe this is only for me, but lately, I’ve really been conscious that I’ve not been handling my ‘problems’ in as ‘positive’ a way as I should be … Oh I make sure that (to the casual listener) my prayers have all ‘sounded’ right but in my heart …!
Let me give you an example:
from my mouth “… Lord I thank you that you’ve given me the victory in this (financial) situation and that You have sent forth Your Word to get me out … blah … blah … blah …” but from my heart “… Hey up there – what’s happening now?!? Awwww come on Lord … don’t you see me going through this la la eh …? When’s it all going to end!?”
So I was listening to a testimony recently and POW the following Scripture hit me right between the eyeballs!!
Jeremiah 15:15/19 Amplified Bible 15[Jeremiah said] O Lord, You know and understand; [earnestly] remember me and visit me and avenge me on my persecutors. Take me not away [from joy or from life itself] in Your long-suffering [to my enemies]; know that for Your sake I suffer and bear reproach. 16Your words were found, and I ate them; and Your words were to me a joy and the rejoicing of my heart, for I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts. 17I sat not in the assembly of those who make merry, nor did I rejoice; I sat alone because Your [powerful] hand was upon me, for You had filled me with indignation. 18Why is my pain perpetual and my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Will you indeed be to me like a deceitful brook, like waters that fail and are uncertain? 19Therefore thus says the Lord [to Jeremiah]: If you return [and give up this mistaken tone of distrust and despair], then I will give you again a settled place of quiet and safety, and you will be My minister; and if you separate the precious from the vile [cleansing your own heart from unworthy and unwarranted suspicions concerning God’s faithfulness], you shall be My mouthpiece. [But do not yield to them.] Let them return to you–not you to [the people].
… and (just in case) you really need me to join the dots – here it is again but from The Message …
15-18You know where I am, God! Remember what I’m doing here! Take my side against my detractors. Don’t stand back while they ruin me. Just look at the abuse I’m taking! When your words showed up, I ate them— swallowed them whole. What a feast! What delight I took in being yours, O God, God-of-the-Angel-Armies! I never joined the party crowd in their laughter and their fun. Led by you, I went off by myself. You’d filled me with indignation. Their sin had me seething. But why, why this chronic pain, this ever worsening wound and no healing in sight? You’re nothing, God, but a mirage, a lovely oasis in the distance—and then nothing! 19-21This is how God answered me: “Take back those words, and I’ll take you back. Then you’ll stand tall before me. Use words truly and well. Don’t stoop to cheap whining. Then, but only then, you’ll speak for me. Let your words change them. Don’t change your words to suit them. I’ll turn you into a steel wall, a thick steel wall, impregnable. They’ll attack you but won’t put a dent in you because I’m at your side, defending and delivering.” God’s Decree. “I’ll deliver you from the grip of the wicked. I’ll get you out of the clutch of the ruthless.”
WOW eh …? Do I really need to keep joining the dots anymore …? Naaaaaaa time to get on my knees eh?