Answer me when I call, God of my righteousness. Give me relief from my distress. Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer. Â Â Psalm 4:1 (WEB)
â€œGot a problem?â€ I could do an ad like â€œGot Milk?â€ The person in the picture would be dressed nice; look great â€“ except for a huge black eye! (instead of the white lip)
Most of us try to look good while secretly nursing an injury that causes us to spiritually â€œwinceâ€ every time we say, â€œFine. Iâ€™m fine.â€
This camouflage act is a wall that keeps us from connecting into the healing that comes from encouragement, prayer, and loving kindness. Do we have to spill our hearts to every Believer we meet? No. But I know that just as the Father sent ministering angels to Jesus in Gethsemane (Luke 22) He also sends angels to you and me. They may be the invisible kind but I believe that more often He also wants to use a â€˜skin onâ€™ angel because they will be blessed with an opportunity to be His hands and feet. Living behind the â€œFineâ€ wall is what the enemy wants. He loves it when we are isolated. And we do it voluntarily!
I have a friend who has been the friend who is invited behind the wall in my life. She is the one that I am able to walk in safety through all the rocky paths of my life. She calls me when I am tempted to â€œnot botherâ€ her with a problem. God knows that I am â€˜fixinâ€™ to blockade myself in to avoid more pain and shut myself off â€“ so the enemy can beat me up with his lying tongue. My friend calls. We talk. We pray. And at the end of our time, the weight â€“ WOW! â€“ it is back on Jesusâ€™ shoulders where it belongs. I still â€˜seeâ€™ the problem/situation but I am no longer alone. My friend helped me invite Jesus in.
If you â€œGot a problem?â€, reach out to the friend who knows Jesus. This may not be your best friend, but if you know that he/she knows Jesus and walks in His steps â€“ he/she is the truest friend to call. May you be blessed as I am that the friend you call is your best friend!
Get connected. It will do your spirit good!
Offer the sacrifices of righteousness. Put your trust in Yahweh.
Many say, â€œWho will show us any good?â€ Yahweh, let the light of your face shine on us.
You have put gladness in my heart, more than when their grain and their new wine are increased.
In peace I will both lay myself down and sleep, for you, Yahweh alone, make me live in safety. Psalm 4:5-8 (WEB)