Following Jesus constantly baffles me! I find that most of what God asks me to do is completely backwards and contrary to what I feel. There are times when I love hearing from that ‘still small voice’ and there are other times when, I’ll be honest, I just don’t want to hear it!
I’m learning from experience though that God’s way is ALWAYS the best way.
It doesn’t matter how I’m feeling and how much my flesh screams, I know that if I just do what God is asking me to do, all will be well and I can get back to experiencing His peace and joy once again.
Update & Testimony
So, most of you will know that I received a challenging text message after church on Sunday. It cut me to the core and completely knocked the stuffing out of me. I went to my two trusted Christian friends for advice and whilst they recognised that I hadn’t done anything to justify getting such a nasty text, I should still think about apologising anyway. My honest thoughts were,
“What? Are you serious? But I haven’t done anything, why should I have to apologise! It should be her apologising to me, not the other way around!”
For two days I wrestled, with my friends advice and also with what I knew God was telling me to do. I had to swallow my pride, reach out in love and say sorry.
As soon as I sent a reply in love, I instantly felt the presence of God and entered into His perfect peace and rest. Any ties of hurt and unforgiveness were completely severed and I felt free! Praise God!
Jesus Christ can afford to be misunderstood, we cannot. Our weakness lies in always wanting to vindicate ourselves. Oswald Chambers
Being misunderstood can be painful and the temptation is there to feel the need to explain ourselves. We want others to know our heart and for them to realise they’ve got it wrong about us. Truth is, we are meant to be misunderstood. Jesus was and still is, constantly misunderstood and yet He never made a sound. Jesus allowed people to say whatever they wanted about Him but not once did He attempt to vindicate Himself. Jesus allowed the Father to lift Him up in due time.
Psalm 3:3 But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and my honor, and the One who lifts my head.
If you are going through something similar, don’t be tempted to vindicate yourself, instead allow God to be the ‘lifter of your head’ and step into His perfect peace.
God’s way of doing things is always the best way!
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