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Day 66: The Fight

Ezekiel 47:1-48:35

1 Peter 2:11-3:7

Psalm 119:49-64

Proverbs 28:12-13

Lord, I have a lot of thoughts today. What will You have me say?

This is my last day in Ezekiel, yay. Not a big fan. I loved certain portions but it has generally not been my favorite.

1 Peter is speaking so counter-culturally today. But so good.

Psalms is poetic.

And the Proverbs I read today are the first very noteworthy Proverbs thus far in this project, for me at least.

Lord, You have a lot to say to me today, that's for certain. What will You have me say?

"If you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps...When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly."

"'by His wounds you have been healed.' For 'you were like sheep going astray,' but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls."

When we are wronged we are taught to say so. When we are mistreated we are taught to fight. When we are denied anything we are taught to trust or rebel against a political worldly system.

I can't say that we shouldn't stand up against injustice, abuse, and broken systems. We should stand up against these things; it is Christ-like to do so.

But sometimes people do it in a way that becomes self-centered, fruitless, obsessive, unhealthy. There could be a way to do this where it becomes out of focus, skewed, and wrong.

Let us remember that we are just human, we are not able to see the full picture. We are not able to do this on our own.

And let us remember that the fight has already been fought for us.

I cannot explain this. This is foolishness to the world. The world thinks they have it figured out or that they are on their way to figuring it out. But they are spiraling. Getting more and more lost. Nothing is centered. Nothing is in place. Everything is a lie. And I am no match for it. I cannot right now explain why it makes sense to suffer because Christ suffered. I can't.

The Holy Spirit must explain it.

And I feel today He has explained it for me, in another tiny little stretching way that is impacting me right now very much.

He has already fought the fight.

He has already fought the fight.

He judges justly.

He judges justly.

The Lord is in control.

I was lost, like a sheep gone astray. I have been caught in the lies, in the off-centered, obsessive, unhealthy thinking of this world and I have thought that I was responsible and capable of much more than I ever needed to bear.

I have taken it upon myself to be god before.

I have tried to be more than I am.

But now, I am safe.

I am held.

I am taken care of.

I have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of my soul. My soul is shepherded and overseen.

I am not alone.

I am not god, thank God.

Thank God.

I am me and if I am wronged, if I am hurt, if I am mistreated...

I will see justice.

I have already been fought for.

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