Today I lost my dignity for about 10 minutes and those 10 minutes felt like an eternity. I love the word meltdown. I think I had a quick meltdown. I was disappointed by a person’s actions and the consequences that I could predict at that time would mean a major change in my plans. I gave way to tears, but then I remembered what I have been preaching, so I pulled myself together, rebuked the devil, praised the Lord for the plan He has for this situation and carried on with my work. About an hour later the situation had taken a turn for the better and everything was sorted. Now I’m asking the question, “Would it have worked out this way if I had carried on being miserable, pitying myself, and not praising the Lord?”
Psalm 37:4-5, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and do good;
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Do not fret – it only causes harm.”
We have to practice to always look for God’s point of view in everything we do. We used to have those bracelets which said, What Would Jesus Do? We seriously need to be asking ourselves that question before we dissolve in tears or anger or frustration. Would Jesus have reacted the way I did? I’m very sure He would not have. He would have been calm and collected, spoken to his Father and had the situation resolved in half the time, or at least have been calm all the way up to where there was a solution. We are so impatient, even the patient one’s sometimes. Why is it so easy to fly off the handle? Why is it so easy to forget what God is promising in His Word? We forget everything in a moment of weakness. Is it worse for me to forget that God has a plan and be upset, or is it worse for someone who is a recovering addict to forget that God has a plan and go back to their alcohol, tobacco or drugs? I don’t think there’s any difference at all. At the end of the day there’s a measure of unbelief and we fall back into patterns that we are used to. But we, as Christians, are so quick to judge someone else’s sin. Matthew 7:5, “Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brothers eye.” Isn’t that what we do, especially if we’ve done something that’s not so nice. We look to make our mistake look like a molehill while someone else’s is a mountain.
Romans 5:8-9, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” The sin referred to here is the sin of not believing in Jesus, the sin of not being saved. So, if God loved us enough to let Jesus die for us, how great is His love for us? Can we ever understand it? It’s so easy for us to equate everything to works and to deeds. Good and bad. But because God doesn’t judge us according to the law, why do we want to do it to our fellow believers all the time? I believe that when I got upset I was not being judged by God, but I was bringing consequences of my actions on myself. When I realized I was being stupid in my reaction and I changed my attitude, God could put His power into the situation and work a positive outcome.
I am going to try to be more positive even when I don’t feel like it. What about you?