Journal Entry ~ 01/12/20

2 When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall.
3 Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.  - Psalm 27:2-3

When we have been wronged, our flesh often wants to respond with anger and hurt. We want to either we retaliate or withhold and isolate, and we end up in one of two places: fear or judgment. But those responses only add to the trouble we're already experiencing.

This verse reminds us how we are to respond when we experience another's sin. We are to run to God, not from Him. Instead of meditating on all the nasty things that were said or done to us by another, we are reminded to meditate on the glory and goodness of our Father.

Don't allow yourself to think you're the center of the universe - our story is no longer our story, we are part of a greater story. Meditating on His greater plan takes the focus off of us. We must also remember that God has us in a painful moment or experience not just to reveal Himself, but to grow us and change us through it as well. The conflict is not just about the other person, it's also about you. This didn't happen to you as an accident - this happened to you because God either wants to bubble up to the surface some part of your heart that is still blind, or as a way to reflect His light into the world. Seize the opportunity to live for Him.

Press on ~ you are loved 💗

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