[CF Devotionals] 2006-04-05 - It's a Matter of Mind Over Matter

Psalm 9:1&2 - I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will show forth all thy marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.

When life just doesn't seem fair, it is so easy to get bogged down in the events of life. "Why aren't You helping me?", "Why is this happening to me?", "How can I get out of this mess?", "It's not fair!".

It is so easy to look at the situation and forget the unseen reality! God is right there with me! Right in the middle of every situation, my Savior, my Redeemer, my Lover and my Friend is smack dab in the middle of it. He knows exactly what is going on in every detail of the event, and He already knows how He would like to see it come out. Each avenue has an ending; each path has a Plan.

My favorite Psalm - probably yours, too – is Psalm 23. Psalm 23, verse 5 says in its beginning – "Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies."

Right in the middle of my enemies, in the middle of the battle, smack dab in the center of it all, God has prepared a banqueting table for me! I have a choice! I can focus on the enemy! I can zone in on the events! I can choose to dwell on the unfairness of the situation! I can allow the enemy to have the victory because I am choosing fear, fault finding, and fractious thinking to cloud my vision.

Or I can sit at the banqueting table and eat of the fruit and drink of the wine that my Lord has set out.

I can praise Him for His marvelous works! I can thank Him, because I know that He already has it all worked out. I can drink of the cup of His mercy and love and grace and bask in the adoration of Him. I can know that all of this mess, this struggle, this bad-feeling STUFF is for my good and His glory. No matter how it feels at the time, it's not about me, it's all about Him.

The events and people and everything else that our enemy is throwing at me are all in my face…right there for me to see. But so is God. He's waiting to bless me. He's waiting to be my Rock, my Fortress, my Shelter. He wants me to drink from His cup and know that He has anointed my head with oil, and my cup is overflowing with His goodness and all that He is.

It's all right there in front of me - the enemy and the table. What do I choose?

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! 1 Corinthians 15:57

Ah, Lord, thank You for always reminding me that You are right here with me. You will never leave me, You will never make me fight the battle by myself. As a matter of fact, You said that it is YOUR battle! It's not even mine to fight. All I have to do is show up with my armor on, ready to stand firm. Stand firm with me. Be my all in all. I love You, Lord; help me love You more. Amen

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