WHY’ld At Heart

Today we have a special guest.  Please welcome Edy Sutherland, a world-changer friend of mine, who has a passion for Jesus, the Word of God, and outdoor adventures. Enjoy as Edy candidly shares her heart. 

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“I’m ready for the cold,” I thought to myself. The frigid air could not penetrate the multiple layers of down fill in my jacket or the wind proofing of my pants. My weekend in the mountains of Colorado connected me with a crew of Bible College students to snowboard and make lasting connections to Biblical principles.

With right planning, I managed to stay warm out on the trail.

But what I had not done was fortify myself against the trap of injustice. The enemy the devil looks for cracks in my armor especially after a time of rejoicing in God’s glory to cause me to react poorly to events I perceive as unfair. He’ll attempt to do the same to you.

On the drive to the airport, the devil almost ensnared me again. The falling snow blanketed the 3-lane highway. I noticed the plow truck off in the distance coming my way. My vehicle was in the closest lane to the approaching traffic. I was blocked from getting over. Suddenly I heard the sound I was dreading “Rat-a-tat-tat,” the stones pelted the glass. I made a quick assessment of the windshield.

I was relieved there was no damage. I did notice however how unfair it seemed. By the time I descended off the mountain a large visible crack appeared in the windshield. In my flesh I started scheming about how to hide it from the agent checking in my vehicle. I was so caught up in my deceit I found myself looking on the side of the road for some mud I could put on the windshield.

We’re bombarded with injustices everyday:

  • A careless driver cuts us off.
  • A prized gadget is stolen.
  • The doctor makes you wait even though you arrived to your appointment on time.
  • A product we buy fails to live up to its marketed claims.
  • Or maybe, unwarranted stones pelt the glass of our rentals cars.

My first response to injustice is always, “Why?” It may look like why me or why now or why for but my frustration always begins with “why?” The devil is always going to assist me in making my plans and my pride the focus. The heart is the command center of the thinking mind. I want answers and someone to be held accountable.

The natural inclination in all of us is to react with anger (Ephesians 4:26-27). As a teenager, the devil got a foothold in my life with anger which progressed with each injustice in to a bona fide stronghold. If someone hurt me I would get unreasonably angry. I didn’t know my battle was not against people but against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12).

My anger was met with rejection and abandonment which brought about even greater anger and the complete destruction of relationships. So much so that I found myself alone as a real world drop out.

The Bible tells the story of a man named Joseph who endured injustice of epic proportions yet held on to the vision God gave him as a young boy. He endured betrayal from his brothers, slander from a woman and wrongful imprisonment. Joseph believed God. You can read of Joseph’s telling tale HERE.

Unlike Joseph, trauma from injustice was not tempered with the promises of God. Eventually, my complete brokenness and cries for help were met with Jesus. His redeeming love reconciles my need to know “why?”

The cross at Calvary is the only place where evil, justice, love and forgiveness converge with absolute answers.

God promises He will fight on our behalf. We need only be still (Exodus 14:14).

On my drive to the airport I cried out in the car in repentance for my fleshly desire to lie and be angry for the unfair crack in my windshield. I prayed God would strengthen me to believe and trust He will fight on my behalf. I need only to be still.

The cracked windshield became an insignificant blip on the radar of my life. My prayer rendered the injustice ignored and disregarded by the rental car agency. I scratched my head in thankful bewilderment.

If your natural response to injustice is a fight response try something new. Let the living God of the Bible fight on your behalf.

F – Forgive the person causing the injustice (Ephesians 4:32).

I – Inoculate the enemy the devil and render his handiwork impenetrable (Luke 10:19).

G – Give your burdens to your heavenly Father. Ask that He stand in the gap for you (Psalm 55:22).

H – Hold on to the hope for which you were called (Hebrews 10:23).

T – Thank God for His faithfulness as you wait. Be sure not to watch the clock (Psalm 100:4-5).

Edy Sutherland uses outdoor adventure metaphors to unlock the secrets of the Word of God for use in your everyday life. Join her at her website www.edysutherland.com as she leads an online Bible study titled The WHEE Factor: The RUSH you get when you experience God in everyday life.

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