I've been the recipient of an awful lot of crap lately. The last few months have been instance after instance of bad manners, thoughtless gestures, health issues and a general feeling of I-say-what-goes-and-there-isn't a darn-thing-you-can-do-about-it.
You may have gleaned I don't do well in this environment.
I brought my concerns to the Lord. I know He has only good planned for me. (Romans 8:28)
I pleaded for Him to show me His wisdom and comfort through these trials. I got more trials.
I I held onto His promise that He would not forsake me. (Deuteronomy 31:6,7) Verse 8 says
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." [bold letters mine]
But I was discouraged.
I cried out to the LORD, about the unfairness, the injustice; the crap I've been handed.
He forced me to look at my hand in the incidents; I wasn't getting off scot-free.
Some mistakes were mine; I had not had all the facts. But I am not responsible for the actions of others.
As far as it had depended on me, I had done the right things. And it was affirmed to me.
Matthew 5:37 (NIV) states it plain--
" Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes' and your 'No', 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one."
There will be friendships lost; those seasons are over. Feelings may be hurt.
That's too bad.
I want God's approval, not the world's or the enemy's.
And His grace is sufficient for me.