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.
Children will do just about anything to please their parents, including imitating their actions and attitudes. After all, we are their primary role models. They will lift their hands in church and recite Bible verses even though they have no understanding of the meaning of what they are doing. Children do things simply we reward them with big smiles. They believe certain things are good because we say they are.
I see parents laugh that their sons are looking at pornography or that their child is in a sexual relationship. They excuse it by saying that they are safe because they use contraceptives. Behind the words I see disappointment and despair, and confusion in both parent and child as to how to bring change without losing their child. Really, their child is slipping away from them as the parents fear to lead.