Sometimes, truth sneaks up on you when you are least expecting it. Often when you are sitting smugly having a coffee and whamo… you are left with a truth bomb from God! Where He shines a light on the real truth of your actions, thoughts and attitudes and a fresh new perspective… a God perspective!
Yeah, this happens to me often. God lets me sit comfortably with my own opinions for a time, before revealing to me the real truth of a situation. … And yes, I’m usually in the wrong here… it can be very humbling.
This can also happen in the business arena when we feel we have been wronged or we land in hot water or we just have a misunderstanding with a client or co-worker. Bitterness can sneak in when you aren’t looking.
I’ve been struggling in my busy life, with being a carer for my Dad. I love him dearly but everyday situations build up my frustrations, which in turn feed bitterness. Don’t get me wrong.. I can see it happening clearly, but if I’m not putting the cross of Jesus between myself and others, then that bitterness can turn into outbursts or resentment. In my heart of hearts, I know this is unacceptable, not just by my own personal standards, but as a child of God.
I can see and feel it brewing and before I know it and even though I felt that I had validated those actions, I’ve said or thought things that were unjust.
This is where God shows up. “Really!? Is this really what you think and feel? How does it line up with My Word?”
Most of the time, I humbly confess and get on my knees. But other times, I have argued with God. I mean really… there is no point arguing with God, yet I do. He is the most gracious winner (He NEVER loses). Though my heart is tired and heavy, He showers me with love and grace. He sends His Spirit to lead me into repentance, to give me understanding, to heal my heart. He brings me back into alignment with His truth… and in His truth… I find Peace.
Send Out Your Light and Your Truth
1 Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people,
from the deceitful and unjust man deliver me!
2 For you are the God in whom I take refuge; why have you rejected me? Why do I go about mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
3 Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!
4 Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.
5 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.