“He tests the good and the bad alike; if anyone cheats God’s outraged.” Psalm 11.4
Crisis and times of high stress are always fun. Not! This week is becoming increasingly bizarre. I am sure your week is similar in it’s own way.
Time appears to be in a sprint. To-do lists are expanding faster than our national debt. Pressure continues to flow from all directions and people! What did I do to whom? Is God outraged? What does an outraged God look like?
Reflecting in the middle of the waves is always interesting. What are my priorities? Do my priorities contribute to the stress or mitigate? Is there a relationship between important activities of the day and commitments made to work, family, and friends? Is there a process to resolve conflicts? Is there are process to reduce or eliminate anger?
My single priority is to hang onto God. Whatever happens I desperately want to keep this link active and real.
My priority contributes to stress if I believe, emotionally or mentally, that I maintain my God relationship. My priority reduces my stress as I realize God, through the Holy Spirit, will do all the work if I express my desire.
What do I really believe? My actions express my belief, especially if I listen and watch.
Important activities can be determined by expectations, others or mine, or by my priorities. If I let others determine my actions or agenda then life is incredibly stressful. Success is never a given. If I let God determine my agenda success is guaranteed.
When I let self drive each day, I intentionally withdraw from God’s presence. Without God’s presence, bad things happen. Anger, bad motives played out, vengeance, and of course stress. Sounds like outrage to me!
What do I really want? Where do I see myself?
I want to hang out with God. I see myself walking with God. I have a spot in mind just to the side of God’s seat at the table.
I’ve saved a seat for you right next to mine. Let’s go there together.