“Hallelujah! Praise the name of God, praise the works of God.” Psalm 135.1,2
Last week I convinced myself that the battles were lost and that the predestined outcome of the war was just a matter of time. Similar to most things in life, when I do not when with valiant effort, hard dedication, and solid sweat I become depressed and resigned to failure. The pain of the battle grew as I worried and mused about the potential impact on the people who work for the company and me.
Today the outcome is no longer certain. Hope is alive and well. Ongoing feedback indicates that several senior executives are supporting the our cause and relief is in sight. Hallelujah!
Clearly, I should question my anger and frustration on other issues. Maybe, just maybe, my efforts are far more effective than I realize. Perhaps more people really care than I realize. Could it be that the promises made in the past are actually coming true? Do senior managers in position to evaluate the evidence actually see the outcomes of our successful efforts? Are there others that care?
Even in my anger I can see how shallow I continue to behave and how frequently I resist exercising faith in anyone but myself. It is too easy to distrust others, to imply motives and angles where only shadows exist. It would be wonderful if this analysis applied to one small section of my life; it does not! The rot within touches every part of my being – family, friends, God worship, and personal reflection.
There is good news. God knows all about my unbelief, distrust, and self-protection. God holds me accountable and, at the same time, offers me unconditional grace and love. God hates my sin and yet loves me enough to offer me a special place of rest and regeneration. God demands only one thing, I give up totally! The formula is simple. Lose everything, give up and win the war.
There is one fact that is more awesome in this environment. You win the same way!