Verse of the Week: Psalm 37:7-9 Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper – it only leads to harm. For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.
Behind the curtain: If you’ve been reading SoiledWings for a while, following me…first let me say thank you. Your loyalty means more than I can express. Second, you know I follow the posts of an Atheist’s blog. The first time I mentioned this was here. So here’s the scoop, I felt he was successful and I am not. Summary: bad wins, I suck.
See, I was doing my weekly blog catch-up and read an interesting post by the Atheist. He claims that Christians are ‘afraid’ of Atheists. Hummm, good to know – I didn’t know I was supposed to be afraid. Let me state for the record that I am unafraid of any religion or lack thereof, although I am afraid of evil cults because the unseen spirit world is alive and well.
Anyways, then I get to reading the comments for the post. I see the number 138; my heart drops. It doesn’t drop because so many people want to weigh in on the topic; discussion is good, healthy. What makes me fall into a pit is comparison. While I have few to no comments for the week, he gets 138 comments on just one post. Okay, I know I’m not the most popular of blogs, nor is Christianity wildly embraced. But 138 verses 0, really? My mind INSTANTLY says “God this is not fair. I pray for growth in this ministry. I keep writing and plugging away and ‘______’ gets all that response and following!??! How on Earth is this fair? God are you going to use me, or did I get it all wrong?”
I sit at my desk and struggle with this; I pray a little and then turn to scripture for an answer. I fully believe the hurt in my heart was to sent to God by the Holy Spirit, because I couldn’t express how much hurt and discouragement I felt (Romans 8:26 “…the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.”) And, I’ll tell you what, God does not fail. In the oddest way I was led to my Verse of the Week: Psalm 37:7-9 . I’m not sure I had ever seen this verse before…or if I had, I saw it with new eyes.
Psalm 37:7-9 Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper – it only leads to harm. For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.
PS UPDATE: if you really want your noodle flipped (great quote from the Matrix), I wrote this post on 9-25-09, just waited to post (pacing) till now… and I didn’t even have it in my head that “Anger” was going to be talked about on 9-27-09 at RHCC. How does God keep doing this stuff ?!?!