#FEARLESS365 is a yearlong study of God’s commandment to us to live without fear. For 365 days, we will focus on one scripture and volunteers from all over the world will share their personal thoughts and what God has shared with them on the specific verse. For more info… go here.
David said to Gad, “I am in deep distress. Let me fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is very great; but do not let me fall into human hands.”
1 Chronicles 21:13
Finding yourself punished by man is a rough road. I know, I feel like I’ve been scraped up on that road, and I hadn’t even done anything wrong. I had every intention of completing this assignment, and I do my best to keep my word. That said, it’s now the eleventh hour, and I have yet to begin. Why? Because the place I’ve been pushed has used me up – my energy, my strength, my health, my time. Sometimes others leave us feeling penalized because they themselves are only human and have those same failings and used up feelings. Without even a mean spirit about it, they leave us wondering what just happened?
God has been my refuge. He loves me, and He cares for me. Every thought He has toward me is in love and for my good. The assignment I’ve been on has been His. The enemy hates that. The enemy uses people and circumstances, often without their knowledge or consent) to derail God’s best in and for each of us. My God is so much bigger than that. His strength is shining through my own weakness. The task He’s given will be completed, because He will do it through me. I’m reminded often lately just how true this verse is: “But he replied, ‘My kindness is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak.’ So if Christ keeps giving me his power, I will gladly brag about how weak I am.” (2 Corinthians 12:9, CEV)
If imperfect people (just like you and I) are able of causing us so much trouble when there’s no retribution in the mix, I know for a fact I would not choose falling into the snare of someone’s retaliation when I’ve been in the wrong. Even when God’s discipline is painful, we can rest assured His love for us will see us through to uphold us and care about us even as His love brought us to it. No doubt at all, I would choose His punishment over that of judgmental people. Yes, the Lord is kind – always.