STRENGTH IN RESERVE

She drew upon a strength she wasn’t quite aware she had, yet her time in His Word brought power and truth to the surface.  Being accused of something is never easy and especially painful when blindsided by an unsubstantiated accusation.  But when we’ve been with Jesus, as we should, HE brings words and courage that may very well not be present when we are walking in our own strength.  She didn’t back down but also didn’t strike back in the same manner she was approached.  She stood strongly knowing her innocence and responding back with an unwillingness to be accused without merit.  Then with wisdom she walked away with as much poise and courage as she could muster.  As she rounded the corner however, tears began to flow and thankfully, she was welcomed into waiting arms that loved, comforted and ministered.  Isn’t that just like Jesus… to allow a test against us but also to be encamped round about us ready to bring aid?  Praise God for her drawing in His breath in private times, in being at that moment filled with His spirit to respond with strength and reserve instead of reacting with the same venom thrown at her.  Praise God for those who ministered and those who corrected so that God would be glorified!  Oh for such indwelling, that I would have the heart to respond with maturity and strength, with righteousness upheld by love for Jesus.  In any situation such as this we are presented with a choice, to respond with courage and love or react with feelings from our flesh.  After the initial interaction we also have additional choices presented to us to aid in healing or cause greater hurt.  Father God, grant that You will guide our hearts, minds and tongues that in the moments and days after a challenge, our words bring You glory and build up all those involved.  Guard us that our pain does not give birth to further injury but instead pours forth praise to You, our amazing God. 

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