Here I am pondering “what Satan meant for harm, God uses for good” loose interpretation, but true in every aspect of life. I believe this walk with Christ is about perspective and choice that is why He gave me free will so I can decide for myself how I will see the world and then choose how I will respond to it. The Bible says choose life or death, blessing or cursing, as my mind ties all of that together I see how God has used my own history for my good. I have been told that the things in my past will help me reach people that have similar stories because they will be able to relate to me and I can see the truth in that but there is more to it. Today again I thought about the Jewish people wandering in the wilderness for forty years; these are people that walked across the Red Sea on dry ground, ate manna from heaven, drank water from a rock, had the presence of God leading them in a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night and so many more physical and visual miracles yet every one of them died in the wilderness and never received the promised blessing. An entire generation, the vary people that cried out to God to save them from the harshest of slavery stayed focused on the very few comforts they left behind, “garlic and leeks”. Their children inherited the promise because they grew up in the wilderness and had no idea what garlic or leeks even tasted like. The Bible says there is nothing new under the sun and everything apart from God is vanity no matter if it is what I think I deserve and strive for, or what I spend time feeling sorry for myself about because of what I think was taken from me. History does repeat itself and the sins of the forefathers are pasted down from generation to generation unless I learn from it and move in a different direction. I once sat in lonely darkness hating the prison I built for myself and blaming the people around me that wouldn’t open the door; but that is not the part of the story worth telling. What is important as I look back and remember are things like the little lady that told me “I’m praying for you” every morning when I served her breakfast. What if I think about the sweet couple that would come every Sunday morning and pick my sons up and take them to church or the pastor from the church down the street that came by several times to talk to me about Jesus. The Bible says “be not conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind”, “as a man thinks so is he”, “the devil like a roaring lion goes around seeking whom he may devour”; it is all about perspective, how do I see the world. Christ does not look down at me and remember which scars on His back were for my sin, He says I am holy, righteous, and precious in His sight!
29Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Everything else flows from that one commandment weather I obey or not: He calls me beloved and I am His.