Monday, February 3, 2020

Just Deal With It

By Andrea Merrell

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears,
and delivers them out of all their troubles.

Psalm 34:17 NKJV

It was something I refused to deal with. Thinking about the situation brought up painful memories and created emotional turmoil.

Funny how we try to sweep situations under the proverbial rug. We think outta sight … outta mind. But that’s only a temporary fix.

Pastor and author Bob Gass says “What we refuse to deal with deals with us and often in harmful ways.” He also says we tend to “act out of our unresolved issues.”

I’ve heard all my life that things will come back to bite you in the backside. Unfortunately, that’s true. When our heart is full of pain, unforgiveness, or unresolved issues, it affects us in numerous ways—everything from anger to bad dreams to stress to even paranoia.

Instead of hiding from our past or refusing to acknowledge what’s causing our life to be out of kilter, we need to, as they say, lay all our cards on the table. As David always did when he was in trouble, we need to cry out to the Lord. He is always ready to come to our rescue.

Ask God to search your heart. Find out what is controlling your thoughts, words, and actions. Then … just deal with it.

You’ll be glad you did.

(Photo courtesy of and Stuart Miles.)


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