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Day 8 – Issue 19

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Be Still Know

Jonah 2:6 NLT

‘I sank down to the very roots of the mountains. I was imprisoned in the earth, whose gates lock shut forever. But you, O Lord my God, snatched me from the jaws of death!’

It is incredible where our mood and temperament can take us. I’ve written before about how I have a short fuse, just light the blue touch paper and stand well back. For as long as I can remember, my temper has emerged without any gestation period. It explodes in a moment, and while never physically violent, I am a verbal assassin. I speak loudly, with invective. I am not in the least bit proud of this, and I have injured my nearest and dearest through my verbal storming.

Like Jonah, my temperament impairs my judgement and I take instant decisions that are seldom healthy, righteous or constructive. They serve my own need to seize control and are usually based upon conclusions I have drawn from my own assumptions. My actions are the antithesis of level-headed. 

At least, like Jonah, I have come to recognise this, and the mess I am in is in large part my own fault. If childlessness, and then MS, were challenging realities to deal with, my personal reactions to both only made everything more difficult and acute. I led myself, and by default, Katey, on a road that led to my ultimate imprisonment to my own tantrums and fractured mortality. It was as if I freely walked into prison, shut the door behind me, threw away the key and then complained at being incarcerated. I might cry out like St Paul, “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24, ESV).

Well, fortunately, however low I may sink, underneath are forever the everlasting arms of God. The degree to which I sink is dependent upon the time I take to cry out to God. 

Awareness of my character flaws then enables me to acknowledge who I truly am and accept myself, for God accepts me warts and all, and then determine to call out to him sooner. 

QUESTION: How aware are you of your character flaws?

PRAYER: Lord, despite my flaws, failings and fears, I thank you that I am still fearfully and wonderfully made. 

Written by: Matt Weet

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