December 13, 2013
Are you fretting tonight about someone who is almost driving you crazy by rationalizing everything to his own advantage? Most of us, at one time or another, have been almost driven to the end of our ropes by people who hide behind their own carnal or twisted reasoning in order to avoid the truth and manipulate others.
"Don't worry about the bills," one man told his wife. "Just live one day at a time." "I don't know why you fuss over taxes," another one said, "When they want my money, they'll come get it." It can be maddening! But it's comforting to know that Jesus, too, had to deal with folks like this. Perhaps one key to His serenity was that He didn't let their distorted thinking get to Him. He took them all with a grain of salt.
"'What can I say about such men?' Jesus asked. 'With what shall I compare them? They are like a group of children'...John the Baptist used to go without food and never took a drop of liquor all his life, and you said, 'He must be crazy!' But I eat my food and drink my wine and you say, 'What a glutton Jesus is!'...I am sure you can always justify your inconsistencies" (Luke 7:31-35, TLB).
If someone's mental gymnastics are irritating you tonight, try taking the same attitude Jesus did. Pray that his darkened mind will one day be enlightened by another Source and hold fast to the serenity He has promised you.
Our Evening Prayer - Let's Pray Together...
God loves you and wants to answer your prayer. Say this prayer with me:
Heavenly Father, thank you for teaching me not to be upset by people who constantly rationalize, twist reality to their own advantage or distort the truth, but to place such people in Your hands to be led out of the futility of their own thinking into Your light. I bind all satanic influences that imprison their thoughts and loose the power of the Holy Spirit to renew their minds and set them free! In Jesus' Name, Amen.