And we know that all things work together for the good of those that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose ~ Romans 8:28
Last night I sat down to write my review on the book Wounded by God’s People by Anne Graham Lotz. In order to write that review, I not only read the book, but went back and reviewed elements of the book in order to organize my thoughts when writing.
You are probably asking what that has to do with anything. Well, today was filled with attacks. We received some harsh news that caused great pain, hurt, anger, and wide open wounds raw to the nerve. As a mom, it was even more difficult as those that chose to shoot their fiery arrows aimed them not at me, but one of my children. And yes, you may be wondering – those fiery darts came from those that profess to have a saving knowledge of our Lord and call themselves by His name.
Wounded by God’s People
Our family finds ourselves this evening wounded – wounded by God’s People. So what is so good about that. It doesn’t feel good. It doesn’t feel right. But what is good is that God knew the sinful nature of even His people and provided us Mrs. Lotz’s book to prepare and equip us for this very day. It worked that book review into something more than just a review. It was a girding up of our very souls before the enemy used God’s people to strike and wound.
Tonight, we stand. We stand firm in our faith. I am choosing to praise God for the fact that my child is not blaming her Savior for her hurt, but sees it as what it is. The failure of brothers and sisters in Christ to love and behave as He does. My mother battled cancer for 8 years of her life before going home to be with the Lord. During those years, I heard her say how she hated cancer and voice frustration over things of this world. Never though did I hear her curse her God for allowing cancer to enter her life and eventually be the bridge that brought her into the presence of God. Tonight, I rejoice that I see her legacy in my own child and can praise Him for His faithfulness from generation unto generation.
It would be so easy tonight to yell and scream, to seek revenge; but thanks to a friend, I am reminded of the wisdom found in James 1:19
Take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
As we end our day, we choose to battle against the forces of this world in going the road of righteousness. Not because it is easy or because we have perfected our faith. We choose the road of righteousness because we are called to be like Him that gave His very life for us. We struggle in the flesh as we seek to offer forgiveness even though it is not sought. This is not to win an advantage in this life, but as an expression of our faith in walking in obedience to Him as an act of worship.