Reflection

There’s an endless number of people publicly shaming and blaming presidents, majority leaders, czars, spouses, parents, employers, doctors, pastors, etc. for the adverse conditions in our lives and the failure of others to meet “my” conditions of comfort. Soooooooo much finger-pointing and so little self-reflection. Mirrors are used today for ego and vanity rather than to reflect what’s really there.

That’s not to excuse the behaviors of those who do wrong in the sight of God and man. There ARE consequences for our actions. God IS going to hold each of us accountable for our actions.

But this is an indictment on the way that we often behave when humans do what they inevitably do…sin.

It’s a revelation that we often attack the fruit issues and ignore the root problem.

It’s the painful truth that we often rely on the wrong things to “get us through” or “right the wrong”.

God is sovereign…He is in constant care for and absolute rule over my life, my marriage, my children, my country, my friends, my foes. HIS care and HIS rule are for HIS glory and the good of HIS people. He is in control when it seems that no one is…and He allows things to happen for HIS glory and the good of HIS people. Sometimes, rather than being shielded, we need to be broken. Sometimes, rather than shooting at the dark, we need to learn who the real enemy is. Sometimes we fire the weapons of this world when what we really need is His armor, simply to stand.

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places." 
Ephesians 6:10-12 
"What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:31-35,37-39

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