Life flows in seasons doesn’t it?!?! Seasons of joy and blessings. Seasons of trial and testing. I find that I go from one season to the next with very little warning. Life is lacking in Justice. It is sort of like white water rafting… you go from calm waters to rough waters in a moment and you had better hold onto the raft and paddle through the rough if you want to make it back to the calm.
God is my raft, my paddle, my life jacket, my guide… my everything. I am learning to hold fast to Isaiah 26:3.
Keeping my eyes fixed on Him has a lot to do with what I am thinking about. Peace comes when my thoughts are in line with His perfect word.
“ Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just…” (Philippians 4:8 NKJV).
Is this thought about Justice?
If that seems a little high minded, try “Is this thought about the right or righteous thing to do?”.
This applies when I am hurt or wronged and would naturally plan ways to retaliate or set the record straight… at least that is my natural tendency.
God gives us clear instructions about the right way to handle hurtful situations in Romans 12:17-21.
When I think a “just” thought, I am taking the high road. When someone has wronged me I refuse to plan ways to hurt them back.
- Instead, I take my hurt to God and seek His wisdom.
- My example here is David. He could have taken vengeance on King Saul many times, but over and over he sought the Lord and let the Lord direct Him.
- I ask God to reveal to me anything I did that could have lead up to this (is always my fault, but sometimes it is… right? Psalm 139:23-24)
- If I am in the wrong, I own my part and try to make it right (Matthew 5:23-24).
- If I am in the right, I ask God to defend me and work the situation out supernaturally. God’s word is full of references to God being my defender, my protector, a strong tower I can run to when I am in need (Psalm 18:1-2).
As I let Him defend me I see 2 things happen.
- I keep myself from being in the wrong -because if I open my mouth I will end up saying something to hurt the other person (Proverbs 21:23).
- When I pray about it and wait for God to defend me, God is able to teach that person in ways that affect real lasting changes (Proverbs 16:9).
I have seen this as recently as this week when after a hurtful situation (as I shut my mouth, took care of things I really didn’t want to do and prayed) the person came back to me within the hour to apologize for their selfishness and to ask forgiveness.
I have seen God do this countless times as I pray about the tough situations rather than giving people a Piece of my mind.
God doesn’t remove us from tough times, but He does give us Peace in the midst of them to overcome the anxiety the enemy would love to overwhelm us with.
Ps… You are in the middle of a series on Peace of Mind. To read the first post, click here “A Piece of my Mind or Peace of Mind”
See you next time to dig into what is “pure” 😉
Let me know your thought in the comments section below.
Are there verses that help keep you centered in justice? I’d love to hear from you about it!