I've started 2 posts today as I sat in a place of irritation. Both times, God popped my hand and commanded me not to write from my feelings, my emotions. For I wasn't writing from a place of love or wisdom. I closed the app and waited for my anger to extinguish. Then, I did what I should have done from the beginning. I looked to the Word of God to soothe the parts of me that wanted to wail against what I felt were injustices. God lead me to Judges 16. It is the story of Samson and Delilah. Specifically, I was led to Judges 16:16 (KJV): "16 And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death;". Samson was so tired of Delilah pressing him for the secret that had been his for years. Something that he was told not to share with others. Something that could lead to his downfall. Something that led to his destruction. He told Delilah the secret to his strength. She took the secret and in exchange for money, she helped destroy a man whose mission in life was to help his people.
His irritation led to his downfall. No matter how many times we are pressed, hurt, mocked, scorned, etc, we shouldn't allow irritation to destroy us. Instead of doing what Samson did and paying the ultimate price for it, lean on Psalm 121:1-2 (NKJV): "1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help? 2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth"
Irritation is set to distract us. It means to take our eyes off the prize. To make us so overcome with emotion that we forget the Word of God. Each time we can see this trial for what it is, we overcome. Each time we battle this distraction and come out knowing that God is God, we win. Each time, we say: "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him:." (Job 13:15 KJV), we have learned the valuable lesson that God is Jehovah Nissi - The Lord My Banner. (Exodus 17:15). God is there, always, slaying the dragon, fighting on our behalf. All we have to do is trust that He Will, He Shall, He Has, He Did!!!
Don't allow the distractions of this world to remove you from the blessings of the next.
Be A Blessing and Not Just Blessed
- - Nakya