MORE TO THE STORY …!
“There must be more to this story” is a statement I have said many times over the years as I am told something that seems out of character for someone or downright harsh. It’s not that I don’t believe that what they are saying is true, what I wonder in those cases is what information is missing that would give more insight before I come to some sort of conclusion?
Life brings us many opportunities to react on what we see, hear and feel. It is in these opportunities that God is able to direct us, mold us in His ways if we let Him. This does not mean to become a doormat; this is a common sense way in understanding each other as His children.
We see in many places in the Bible where the way someone was talked to or treated seems harsh but in reality there are so many variables that we will not know right away until we run through some sort of checklist.
· What is the character of this person?
· Is there something culturally that might help with understanding this passage?
· What is the overall situation in this passage?
In looking at this basic checklist, we could easily apply this in any situation that just does not make sense. Sometimes it is just that, but it is our responsibility to not just give into emotion. We need to process with a clear head so that we can see what God may be trying to teach us through a situation.
It could be that God wants to reveal something or someone’s character to you, good or bad. It could be that God wants you to trust Him and know that He is in control.
In my life I have a basic checklist that I go through and I have learned that my husband is a good judge of character. Sometimes I will think he is being too harsh and more often than not, it comes out true! I have come to appreciate the way he processes things and observes situations. The Lord has clearly put him in my life to protect me as I tend to overlook things and sometimes forget. I believe I am in his life to help balance his perspective as well, but I am so very thankful for him!
How do you process situations? Do you have a checklist? Who has God placed in your life to help you as you process?
Proverbs 13:10 “Where there is strife, there is pride,
but wisdom is found in those who take advice.”