Today’s reflection comes from my daily bible reading found in 1 Kings 19:1-18. And this new blog is going to be based on the following scripture:
This to me, is one of the most exciting words of God in the Bible, and one in which we can all see ourselves portrayed. Most of us are well-acquainted with self-pity, I know I have at one time or other, which can come over us like a flood, accusing everyone, even God, of not understanding. As the above scripture I have quoted in this blog, the same question can be asked of us when we get locked in self-pity of any kind. God is still God, and self-pity clouds the reality of it.
There are many reasons we go through self-pity. With self-pity you live paralyzed, it keeps you in a helpless situation. You are not responsible for your life. You believe that you are a victim of events and is therefore you deserve condolence. It is a negative emotion that prevents anyone to deal with adverse situations. Self-pity becomes a form of manipulation that you might use to get things from other people.
We do not understand God’s ways, and we often struggle with trying to understand why God allows us to go through the situations we find ourselves in. Sometimes we think we know exactly what He wants from us and as we move in that direction, circumstances change and we find ourselves lost, alone, confused, hurt, you name it.
The question is, what will we do at that point? Will we give up? Will we turn our backs on God? Or will we move forward knowing that in our uncertainty, in our hurt, in our suffering, in our confusions that God can use all of that for something great?
My prayer… my hope… is that we continue to remember that God is with us and can do great things through us right where we are at and under whatever circumstances that we find ourselves in. My prayer is that we don’t focus so much on the circumstances that we find ourselves in that we miss out on what God has for us right here and now.