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I, I’m the One comforting you, What are you afraid of – or who? Some man or woman who’ll soon be dead? Some poor wretch destined for dust? You’ve forgotten me, God, who made you, who unfurled the skies, who founded the earth. Isaiah 51: 12-13 (MSG)
I am afraid of confrontation.
I know that confronting a small thing when it occurs is better than facing off about a big thing further down the line.
This last month I forgot this and I ended up in a situation where I was feeling used and abused and alone.
After another episode of being treated badly I yelled at my computer in frustration and then burst into tears.
My poor husband has heard me ranting about the situation for weeks. While I stood there wiping tears away he told me to quit.
He told me I needed to stand up for myself and if it meant that I lost the contract we’d find another way to make ends meet.
And I knew: this man had my back.
I’d forgotten that I wasn’t alone and that I didn’t need to solve this problem on my own.
Later in the day I thought about what had happened and about how I do the same thing with God.
I forget that God has my back. (tweet this)
I think that’s why God included verses like Isaiah 51:12 – 14 in the bible, little reminders that he is bigger than all our problems.
Cues that most of my worries are tiny compared to a God who made me, unfurled the skies, and founded the earth.
When I put it like that I wonder why I would ever think that God didn’t have my back? Why I would stress for even one moment that if I stand up for myself God won’t back me up.
My problems are nothing compared to crafting a human, or flinging stars, or speaking a planet into being but that doesn’t mean God doesn’t care.
Even confrontation doesn’t seem so scary when I remember that God is standing right behind me saying,
“I’ve got this. No matter what happens, I’ve got your back.” (tweet this)
Ponder: Do you ever feel like no one has your back? How do you feel about the idea that God has your back?
Prayer: Lord, thank you that I don’t need to be afraid because you are with me. Amen.
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