There are times in life when we just want to settle down in the land of victimization. Things don’t go according to plan; others don’t agree with our point of view and their comments are irritating.
In some ways, misery and complaining are safe endeavors as they excuse us from trying.
The Israelites were, in some ways, safe when living in both Egypt and the desert. They knew what to expect and had good reason to complain regarding conditions. We act in a similar way when we give into thoughts of victimization.
It’s not, however, God’s place for us.
Imagine if the Israelites had not entered the Red Sea – if they just stood on the shores and gave up. Their outcome would have been death or further punishment. And then what of their future generations?
That leaves only one solution: take the plunge into the unknown! It is a little intimidating and uncomfortable, but it could have a better result. It leaves little room for victimization and plenty of room for God to take us to the other side of freedom.
How often do we allow a thought to take root that is unfounded or untrue? Most often these thoughts are accusatory against someone for something they may or may not have said or done. We rarely ever get a positive outcome when allowing such thoughts to thrive.
Paul’s experience in this matter prompted him to write in 2 Corinthians 10:5, “…cast down imaginations…destroy arguments or every lofty opinion.” He continues on to write that if our thoughts contradict God’s Word, we should not allow ourselves to dwell on those thoughts.
We have a choice regarding our thoughts. Thoughts can enter our minds, but we can throw them aside, knowing that some thoughts are unprofitable for our lives. Paul encourages us to a higher level of self-leading; he challenges us to obey God in all things. Curbing out thought life is an act of obedience to Christ and will bring contentment and peace into our lives.
We can look at Bible personalities and assume that they were “extra spiritual” or supernaturally enabled to do great things. Why else would a woman leave her family, home and culture to follow an old woman to an unknown family and culture that worshipped a different god?
Perhaps it was simply that they made wise choices. Some of the dilemmas they faced are not so different from those we face today.
Because money is an essential part of living, it is important that financial adjustments are made by both partners in a marriage. However, these adjustments have to be made in agreement. It is also good to realize that God’s plan for abundance includes the financial realm. Many people fear money and believe it to be evil, but this is not so. The mistake we make with money is relying on it to bring us happiness and security rather than relying on God.
From the very beginning, sex is blatantly on the scene of human interaction as a great point of motivation. When Adam saw Eve, he called her “bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” Adam obviously liked what he saw and he was not just looking at her eyes. They were both unclothed. In Genesis 2:24, it is written, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.” This one flesh includes the intimacy of the sexual relationship. In Genesis 2:25, the writer further notes that Adam and Eve were naked with each other but felt no shame.