I am trying my best to become proficient on everything my new phone has to offer. I know, I know, I talked about learning how to run it the other day. I did spend an hour or so reading the booklet, but, it's practical experience that teaches me the most. Helps me remember the best.
Kind of like when you learn something from the Bible, until you practice it, well, that's what puts legs to the Word. Why then when I've had such a rich legacy of great Christian relatives do I still have to discover it for myself instead of following their examples? And for that matter, the great men of the Bible and all their struggles - can't I just learn from them instead of making the same mistakes. Sin I guess doesn't allow it.
Today I was reading in Psalms
"O LORD, how long will you forget me? Forever?
How long will you look the other way?
How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul,
with sorrow in my heart every day?
How long will my enemy have the upper hand?
Turn and answer me, O LORD my God!
Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die.
Don't let my enemies gloat, saying, 'We have defeated him!'
Don't let them rejoice at my downfall."
My husband and I were just discussing the fact that everyone seems to embrace defeat so quickly. I do. Why does it take so much positive to offset the negative we hear? I have no idea!
So here is what I was thinking...maybe our enemies are not even our problem, maybe it's our unwillingness not to waiver no matter what the circumstance. Does God really care if our enemies Gloat, as the verse above says? That's just sin anyway. I want so badly not to be affected by what others say or do. To be so sure in my calling that I never listen or get discouraged by them! Don't know if anyone is that strong, but I aim for that!
David even says, "Restore the sparkle in my eye, or I will die"... he was really struggling! If David was a man after God's own heart and struggled like this, then that in itself is encouraging. I learned today that everyone feels alone and abandoned sometime, everyone sometimes feels surrounded by the enemy. I can't imagine living without the hope that we have in our God!