For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice, equity and every good path. When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, discretion will preserve you; understanding will keep you. Proverbs 2:6-11
Do you know that your responses to all that comes your way in this life matter to God? Do you believe that He has equipped you through the indwelling Holy Spirit with everything you need to walk in wisdom with grace and truth? Do you think and believe it’s possible to be in a bad situation with a person or persons who are behaving badly and not forget that you are God’s daughter; that you are equipped by and through the Word of God to respond well?
If your answer is yes, praise the Lord! If your answer is no, praise the Lord!
My answer is yes, yes, yes! I do believe it’s possible and I believe God has not set anything before me that He can’t or won’t enable me by His Word to respond well to.
At the same time I say my answer is yes, it’s also true that there are many times my answer is no. Those are the times when I know I’ve blown it and the enemy of my soul is whispering to me that I’m a fake and I may as well give up and stop going to God about the difficult person, situation or circumstance in my life. He, the enemy, tells me I’ll never really change or I’ll never see change in the person who’s upset me, so why bother. Just go back to the old way and forget trying to do it God’s way, it’s just too hard.”
That’s why I said praise God whether your answer is yes or no. Because, even when we’re not doing it right, all we have to do is pause, consider Abba Father, and praise His name just because HE IS!
Remember that it’s Him in us, through the Holy Spirit, who is at work willing us to do His good pleasure.
“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;” Philippians 1:3-6
And when you’re having victory and remembering what His Word has taught you about imaging Christ in a lost and dying world, the response is the same, praise Him!
Praise Him just because HE IS!!
“…for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.” Philippians 2:13-16
Stephanie D. Paul serves as part of the Addiction Recovery Team at America’s Keswick as Director of Women of Character. She has been married for over 30 years to Sesky Paul who is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy. They have two grown children. Her single focus in ministry at Keswick is to image Christ in grace and truth to wounded and hurting women, encouraging them to make Jesus the truest Lover of their soul and the One in whom all hope lies.