I don’t open up much on my blog about what things tend to stress me out. So is the problem of every man. The pride that keeps us from opening up, hiding behind a mask of confidence, is how we display strength. Well, let me just go ahead and confess and list out what’s up with me right now.
What is troubling me?
- Work politics
- Project Deadlines
- Family Obligations
- Work Deliverables
- Home Additions
- College savings
- All that other dad stuff
You may have noticed that this is just a list of what stresses everybody out. These are all old foes and known adversaries. And experience I’ve gained from past battles will guide me through.
What keeps me going?
- God’s Word
- and now Exercise, seriously, run your stress away
It’s amazing how you can melt your stress away with a long run or a good weight training session. But it’s a temporary relief.
What really helps is the knowledge that God loves me and will never forsake me.
Even if I mess up everything on my list. I know I’ll achieve everything on His list and the purpose He has for me.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;
You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.
The Lord will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
For David to write this Psalm, it could have been any number of issues that he faced in his life. But even if my issues are much smaller in comparison, You will revive me, O Lord, with Your lovingkindness.
I will be bold with strength in my soul.
On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul.
Two scripture references that I came across today mentioned how we are to treat our enemy or foolish men. One in Romans and one in 1 Peter.
The Roman’s reference was part of the Bible app verse of the day. The 1 Peter reference was during my drive into work listening to a study on 1 Peter in the RightNow media app.
When that happens I tend to want to think on why this topic is coming up into my prefrontal purview. Sometimes I need to have big clues to catch on to what I’m being told.
First question: who is my enemy?
Well, I know Satan is my enemy. Especially if I am trying to do what is right. And the Bible says our battle is with spiritual forces of wickedness (Ephesians 6:12). Very Halloween appropriate.
How deep do I need to go here because I’m not seeing it. There is no well defined antagonist that I know about in my life.
Well, I do have a certain bitterness in the back of my mind from a recent situation at work. But that was more political than enemy. I believe.
Is it possible that bitterness can cause me to treat someone in a manner that is not as hospitable as I should be in the work environment? I’d like to think I would rise above that. But, would I give my best if they needed help? There now is the question.
Yes, now I see.
Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, ” vengeance is mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. “but if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:19-21 NASB
For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God. Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.
1 Peter 2:15-17 NASB
For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.
1 Peter 2:20 NASB
All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
John 1:3-5 NASB
If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, And the light around me will be night,” Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You.
Psalms 139:11-12 NASB