Monday | November 25 | Harpoon Resistant


This is the confidence we have approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he will hear us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. –1 John 5:14-15 NIV

When told he could have anything his heart wanted, Solomon asked for wisdom. His heart was pure and honest in that request. Because of that, God also gave him wealth and power beyond his imagination.

What would you have asked for? I think I would’ve asked for the ability to live above my emotions, to be able to love unconditionally, and to not be sidetracked by hurt feelings. In this life, offenses occur. As surely as the sun will rise tomorrow, someone will go out of their way to offend us. Is it possible to be so secure in God’s love that it doesn’t matter if others harpoon us? Is it possible in the face of adversity to sincerely pray, “Father forgive them, they don’t know what they’re doing?”

I believe it is, otherwise the Father wouldn’t have given us Jesus as an example to follow. I also believe that forgiveness is one of the single most difficult things the Father asks us to do. It only becomes possible when we are willing to surrender all—that all includes our pride. When we surrender all to the Father, He provides the ability to forgive. Love conquerors all.

Prayer Focus

  • Examine your motives when asking God for anything. Are you willing to surrender your will for His?
  • Seek first the Kingdom, let everything else be His plan.

Brenda Beattie

Brenda Beattie is a retired letter carrier and an active Chaplain for the USPS. She and her husband retired to Bradenton because they loved their church, Bayside Community Church. She has self-published two books, "Finding Sacred Ground In The Daily Grind," and "The Case Of The Missing Letter." She is also a repeat author for "Chicken Soup For The Soul." Her articles appear monthly in the "Mountaineer," a postal publication. Her hearts desire is to encourage and to give hope.
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