Have you ever watched a movie where bad things continue to happen to the good guy and you just sit at the edge of your seat waiting for things to turn the corner? Or is this your lived experience where things seem to just not work out and when you think relief is around the corner, you encounter another disappointment? Well, this has been my work life lately. Just when I think it cannot get any worse, something happens to prove that it sure can!
I have fallen into a bad habit of complaining and sometimes to stress to whoever is listening how dire I think my situation is, I overemphasize portions of my ordeals or exaggerate what others did as I recount these stories. I have certainly thought of easier ways for my terrible experiences to end and some of them have not been exactly neighborly. For the past few weeks I have been praying for psychological, emotional, and physical strength just to get through my days and a few days ago it came in the form of a scripture:
The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the righteous might use their hands to do evil.Psalm 125: 3 NIV
The reason I find solace in this scripture is that it affirms for me that God is truly interested in every detail of my life. He sees I am struggling and I know He will intervene in the nick of time so that I am not tempted to do wrong out of desperation to be rid of the negative experiences I am encountering at work. The problem will surely come to an end.
If your life is like the movie I described and is anything like mine then my prayer for you today is simple: May the Lord direct your steps and delight in every detail of your life ( psalm 37:23). May the hand of the enemy cease to rest upon whatever concerns you so out of desperation, frustration, or in your quest for solutions you are not tempted into wrongdoing. May Jesus be your living hope this week and if your foot is slipping or when your anxiety is great within you, may His consolation bring you joy and His unfailing love support you (Psalm 94:18-19). Amen