As a child, being disciplined hurt in more ways than one. Oh how I remember some of my not-so-great moments. Lying was a HUGE issue for me. My sweet dad always believed me and my poor Mom knew otherwise. She could always tell when I wasn’t being truthful. When the truth FINALLY came out not only did I hurt on my backside but my heart would hurt seeing the look in my dad’s eyes. I would have gladly taken a spanking over that look. Ugh, I hated that. Fortunately, I got caught enough to realize that telling the truth was so much better. And less painful.
I had an interesting conversation with a friend recently. A conversation that later made my brain go into high gear. You know, when you need to sleep and your brain keeps going. At times mine could put the energizer bunny to shame. It has even been known to function after taking melatonin. Strong-willed brain 😉
As so many thoughts went through my head I decided to pick up my phone and read the verses I had studied at Beth Moore’s Tuesday night bible study. I figured distracting my brain would help me to put aside the conversation and hopefully get some sleep. Children of the Day is the name of the study and although I have missed the first two, I found Thessalonians to be filled with much more depth than I originally thought. Beth has a way of making the scripture come to life. I think it’s her drama, but I like it. I literally had tears as she described how Paul longed to know that the Christians in Thessalonica were OK. It was powerful.
Anyway, I tapped on my bible app to re-read the verses in Thessalonians and was surprised to find that James 4:11-12 was on my phone. It was weird. Weird because my bible app always goes back to the verse I read last… even a week later. Out of curiosity, I decided to stay and read it. Obviously it was there for a reason. It was God’s way of telling my brain to shut up. There were too many unknowns going on in there and when that happens my brain just makes stuff up. Stuff like – “You really can’t trust anyone.” Actually, I recognize that as the enemy. The one that comes to kill and destroy. He wants nothing more than to put doubt into a Christian’s mind about their faith and about others on the same road. Stupid enemy.
I ended up reading the whole chapter of James. God disciplined me a bit that night and although it stung at first, I was grateful that He cared enough to put the verses in James on my phone. Before I knew it I was asleep. Just like that.
So if you’re curious, here are a few of the verses in The Message:
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? vs 1
Don’t bad-mouth each other, friends. It’s God’s Word, his Message, his Royal Rule, that takes a beating in that kind of talk. You’re supposed to be honoring the Message, not writing graffiti all over it. God is in charge of deciding human destiny. Who do you think you are to meddle in the destiny of others? vs 11-12
Can I get an “ouch”?