“The Lord is for me; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” Psalm 118:6
I have a confession to make. At times, I struggle with “stinkin’ thinkin’”. “Stinkin’ thinkin’” is believing something about God, ourselves, or others that is not true. In my life it might go something like this, “God could have come through for me, but He hasn’t…”, “God comes through for everyone else in this area, so why hasn’t He come through for me?”, “Maybe God just ‘has it in for me’…”
Can you relate? I bet you can. Within each of us is a “recording”, a “tape” that plays. You know what I’m talking about. It’s the internal dialogue we have in our heads in moments of temptation, testing, and trials. It sounds something like this, “Am I the only person who struggles with this? Why am I so stupid? What would others think of me if they knew this about me?”
“Stinkin’ Thinkin’” is often rooted in a number of different sources – father wounds, mother wounds, traumatic wounds, bad church experiences, our sinful past or hurtful experiences. If left unchecked or unresolved, inevitably God will be blamed.
During these times, it’s imperative for our hearts and minds to land on the truth. Here is one truth I have come back to again and again – “The Lord is for me…”
The Lord is for me. He’s not against me. He doesn’t have it in for me. He’s not a cosmic killjoy. God knows what’s best for me. And, He wants what’s best for me.
- Where are you tempted to think that God is holding out on you?
- What is the source of those thoughts?
- Recall a time when you know definitively that God came through for you. Remind yourself of that experience frequently.
- Record such times in your journal as a reminder to you that, “The Lord is for you.”