So, anyone ready to live crazy with me?!?!? If you don’t know what I am talking about, read about it here: The Crazy Life
I know I had to have a lot of “Really, God, really?!?” conversations before I started to actually grab hold of this new lifestyle and start to putting it into practice. I haven’t fully jumped ship to love and serve unconditionally no matter what, but I have started to change how I think about things. I have started to pause before I act or speak. I have started to pray before I make decisions. I have spent time in the Word seeking God’s direction on what scripture to share with others instead of just blurting out what I think they should hear. I have stopped looking at my calendar and all the things that I have to do and instead pray about how to bless and serve others first before I hit my own to-do list.
Now, this has been a process. It has evolved over the last year as I dug into scripture, prayed, and sought God. Slowly, but surely, He is changing the way that I think and process information. I still get hurt and don’t want to respond in the proper way, but with each victory that I have I experience a new-found hope, joy and peace that is so worth the initial hurt, pain and struggle. With each success, I am able to be quicker with the correct response the next time that an opportunity presents itself.
Today I would like to share how three people in the Bible dealt with unfair treatment, how they responded, and what the end result was.
The first is the story of Sarah’s servant Hagar, who we can read about in Genesis 16:1-14. When Sarah wasn’t able to have children she gave Hagar to Abraham so that they could conceive a child. After Hagar became pregnant, Sarah mistreated her out of jealousy. When Hagar was treated unfairly, she ran away from her problem. God met her in the wilderness and spoke to her. He told her that He SEES her and knows the battle that she is in. He doesn’t give her a way out but tells her to go back into the battle and treat her enemy with respect. Then He would bless her and fulfill his promise for her. (16:9-13)
The second story is about David. He shows us the correct way to deal with ridiculously, unfair treatment: We are to leave it to God to make it fair. Saul hated David and wanted him killed. David was presented with two opportunities to kill Saul and each time he refused to kill him and declared that he would leave Saul’s punishment to God. (1 Samuel 24:4-15 and 26:9-11, 23-24). He continued to care about Saul despite Saul’s goal to kill him, and David even mourned Saul’s death (2 Samuel 1).
The last story is about Joseph. He taught us that when God gives you a vision or plan for your life you do not let it go, no matter what happens in your life. God has given each of us a specific purpose that we are to fulfill while we are here on earth. He has gifted us with certain talents and abilities that make us the perfect candidate for that calling. We have an enemy that will do anything and everything to prevent us from fulfilling that purpose. Just like in Joseph’s life. His brothers (Genesis 37), Potiphar’s wife (Genesis 39) and the cup-bearer (Genesis 40) all seemed to have prevented Joseph from carrying out God’s plan. But Joseph did not despair. He did not give up on his dreams. He knew that God was faithful and that his circumstances didn’t make sense, but he knew that in the end God would be right and his dream would come to pass. Joseph chose to not be bitter but to trust God instead. (Geneses 45:4-8)
When life gives you worms and you feel like everyone is against you, remember these three stories, along with these three verses:
- Running away from your problems is hardly ever the answer. (Ephesians 6: 10-18)
- Two wrongs do not make a right; let God take care of the revenge. (Romans 12:19-21)
- Keep God’s vision for your life constantly on your mind. Continue to work towards it no matter what you come against. (Jeremiah 29:11-14)
Keep fighting for your life! Seek after God, use His Word to strengthen you and give you the tools that you need to fulfill His every plan for you!!