When troubles surround us, what is our reaction? Do we sink down in despair? Is the burden too heavy to bear? Do we give up and say, 'what's the use'? What is our reaction? I hate to say this but I got hit with a heavy one yesterday and instead of listening to God who told me to keep quiet, I just had to speak my peace and war broke out. I should have listened but I guess I thought I knew more than God, shame on me, I am so sorry that I didn't listen when He spoke but just had to have my own way. My tongue got the best of me and made lots of trouble and hurt. Why do we do that? Why did I do that, that is what I am asking myself, I first off need to ask God to sanctify my tongue. I thought I had the right attitude and the right to say what I said. Truthfully, I did not intend to hurt anyone, I thought I was giving Christian counseling. I guess my Christian counseling went too far, not sure why it was taken so hard yet. It seemed fair to me, but then, I remember that still small voice which said 'keep quiet'. Oh, how I wish I had listened. Have you ever experienced something similar to this?
Troubles! Most of my troubles are caused by ME, no one else. Simply because I do not listen when God warns me or I forget to ask for His infilling before I get out of bed. I try to do that every morning. I must have forgot yesterday, because I sure messed up.
2 Peter 2:9 "The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation." He tried to help me, but my stubborn heart got in the way.
Psalms 34:19 "A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all."
Psalms 40:1-3 "I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth...Praise to our God, many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord."
This afternoon, God was able to work with me and He did bring me up out of a horrible pit, I don't have the new song yet, but if I know God, I will have it before morning.
Psalm 18:2 "The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold."
I must trust Him when He speaks to me ever so quietly, I still need to listen and cooperate. It doesn't pay to ignore God, it is disastrous and I am one sorry child of God, I have repented and asked God to forgive and I know He does and has but the pain of straying is horrible and hope I never slip up again. I need to speak out loud, 'get thee behind me satan' and then the problem would have slipped away. Learn from my experience and always listen when God tells you something. Grandma Joan