‘God…will hear me and humble them.’ Psalm 55:19 NLT
David took the high road. Rather than talking to others about his wounded heart, he aired his grief and disappointment to God by scheduling three times of prayer each day (Psalm 55:17). During these conversations with his heavenly Father, David made the choice to transfer the responsibility of healing his heart to the Lord. Surrounded by enemies and in mortal danger, he knew God would humble his enemies and guarantee his safety. When you take the low road—following raw emotion instead of renewing your mind with God’s Word (Romans 12:2)—your path will be filled with wreckage and regrets. Here’s what will happen: (1) You’ll inhibit your capacity for faith. The more you rehearse your hurts, the more your faith is depleted. (2) You’ll destroy your ability to work with others. Suspicion and distrust will rob you of a healthy rapport with others. (3) You’ll be unable to receive help from others. Trusting nobody but yourself makes you sceptical, even paranoid, when others attempt to assist you. (4) You’ll be set up for loneliness. Others who want to befriend you will pick up on your defensiveness and avoid you. And worst of all, your loneliness will be self–inflicted. (5) You’ll hinder your own healing. A life devoid of genuine relationships will prevent your wounded heart from healing. (6) You’ll remain trapped in the past. Unless you’re moving forward, the past will pull you under and hold you captive. Handling betrayal God’s way is the only path to relief and restoration.
SoulFood: 1 Ki 18:16-20:43, Luke 12:35-48, Ps 66:13-20, Prov 6:23-25
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