I think we’re losing sight of the bigger picture. We look at our problems and our situations and don’t realize how insignificant they are when compared to God. We harbor these feelings of anger, resentment, pain and carry them with us throughout our lives letting them embitter us and even affect others if/when we lash out. It’s like we chain ourselves to a theatre chair, watching the reruns of all of the wrongs that were done to us and forgetting about the happy ending that YHVH has promised those who trust in Him. I just don’t get it. Why live there when you don’t have to? Why despair when you know, hopefully, that all of these things will pass away? Why do we disregard that which has eternal value? We are FREE from that bondage and yet many choose to stay.
I don’t know anyone who’s had a “Brady Bunch” type of childhood. Most people have stories that would bring a tear to your eye or make you shriek in horror. It’s not about ‘who’s got the most pitiful story.’ Getting pity from others only goes so far and doesn’t bring any real change to your perspective and definitely brings no healing of the heart. (can you say “Facebook?”) So why go there? Why STAY there?
If you claim to love and follow YHVH, then it’s time to leave all of that baggage in the past and move forward towards Him. Funny thing about time…it passes naturally yet we grip it with white knuckles prohibiting ourselves from moving forward. Yes we can learn from our past but we don’t have to put it on a loop and relive it. Look to YHVH instead!
“What I am leaving with you is shalom – I am giving you my shalom. I don’t give the way the world gives. Don’t let yourselves be upset or frightened.” (Jhn 14.27)
My soul, why are you so downcast? Why are you groaning inside me? Hope in God, since I will praise him again for being my Savior and God. (Ps 42:11)
In my distress my comfort is this: that your promise give me life. (Ps 119.50)
I have said these things to you so that, united with me, you may have shalom. In the world, you have tsuris. (trouble) But be brave! I have conquered the world!” (Jhn 16.33)
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. (Ps 147:3)
And may our Lord Yeshua the Messiah himself and God our Father, who has loved us and by his grace given us eternal comfort and a good hope, comfort your hearts and strengthen you in every good word and deed. (2 Thes 2:16-17)
Now may the Lord of shalom himself give you shalom always in all ways. The Lord be with all of you. (2 Thes 3:16)