‘There is a way that seems right… But its end is… death.’ Proverbs 14:12 NKJV
Ever noticed how zookeepers handle an injured animal? Even though the keeper is only interested in helping, the animal doesn’t understand because it is focused solely on the pain. As a result, it strikes out at the very one who’s trying to help. Is that what’s happening in your life right now?
Perhaps people who call themselves Christians have hurt you. You didn’t expect them to be the ones inflicting the pain. You may have been hurt to the extent that you no longer trust anybody—not even God. You haven’t actually said, ‘Lord, I don’t trust You,’ but your actions speak louder than your words. You avoid reading His Word to find an answer. You won’t pray, or allow anyone to pray for you. You try to bury yourself in your job. You move from one relationship to another. You try alcohol or mood-altering chemicals. You spend hours watching television and surfing the internet, and some of the things you’re watching violate your conscience and leave you feeling worse.
What’s the answer?
(1) Turn to God. Give Him ‘all your worries and cares… for He cares about you.’ (1 Peter 5:7 NLT) Give Him your pain, your failures, your hang-ups, and your challenges.
(2) Forgive the person who hurt you. Obsessing over what they did and trying to make them pay just keeps you chained to them. But forgiveness breaks the chain and sets you free. In your own strength you may be able to do something to alleviate your pain. But God can destroy the root of the pain and cause you to walk victoriously into the future.
SoulFood: Eph 1:1–4:16, Matt 24:26–35, Ps 79, Prov 17:24–26
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023