Persecution….. Being a Jew, there was an assumption that one had an attitude of being persecuted. Rightly so, throughout the Old Testament, history and even now, people of Jewish descent have been persecuted.
Don’t we all go through times though when we all feel persecuted; unjustly blamed or hurt for things that we may not deserve? I hear this saying in the back of my mind whileI write this which is:
“Why ask why, well then, why not?”
It is easy to see blessings and be thankful when life is going smooth. Somewhere there is a child who does not eat on a daily basis yet is thankful for the morsel of food he does receive. Somewhere else, a woman is fighting for her life so she can look into her children’s eyes a little longer and is thankful for each moment her disease fends off.
We all have our feelings of “this is not fair!” And those of us that are parents know that phrase very well. Generally we say “no” to our children because we know what is better for them. But they do not see this, they feel, well, persecuted.
When we are in the middle of a storm, it is hard not to feel that persecution, or life is not fair. I do it. I could win awards for whining and complaining. In essence we all act like children. AND we have the MOST LOVING FATHER!
Recently going through an audit for the second time in a years (this is almost an impossibility); I was thinking WHY???? And then there it was ….. that voice, that said “WHY NOT?”
Sometimes we need to grab the “oh sh*t” handle and pray. That is it and that is it at the simplest. IT really is not that complicated. I wish I could do that much faster than I do currently. I tend to look at things in terms of how I CAN CHANGE IT or CONTROL it. However, GOD ALWAYS has a much better plan. But like a child, I want what I want and I certainly do not want the horrid feeling of not knowing what comes next. Nope, do not like those butterflies floating around my tummy at all.
JESUS rose Lazarus from the dead, healed many and performed miracle after miracle. GOD orchestrated ALL of this so why do we question HIM when things go awry? Because we are children!
Those negative voices in our heads that produce worry and fear and anxiety – that is NOT GOD, no sir, it is NOT! Those thoughts and voices are what Satan uses to try and pull us away. NOTHING SHALL SEPARATE US FROM THE LORD!
When the tiniest of worries set in – pray, ask for prayer, pick that bible up, read a devotional. Did I say pray. Talk to GOD, HE knows and understands….
That feeling of persecution can be replaced by thinking of a blessing. Remember what GOD has done for you in the past; what GOD has brought you through…..
All in all – this too shall pass. Most likely, you will find yourself in a much better place in the long run. GOD uses all for HIS good as in Romans 8:28. And In Jeremiah 29:11 HE tells us HE has plans to prosper us and they are not of disaster.