“When I would do good…”                                                                                                           Andy Hollifield  11-18-17

The apostle Paul said in Romans 7:21 “I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.” Paul said it is a “law”. That means it is definite fact. If he had to deal with it, as close as he was to the Lord, we shouldn’t be surprised when that law “bites” us. We just need to put our focus on verse 22 “For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

No matter how hard we may try, we still live in the flesh. Regardless of how we may try; things still get the best of us and we respond with sadness, disappointment, disgust, anger, and sometimes even outrage. Even if we don’t show it, sometimes little things in our life just eat at us and aggravate the life out of us. Have you ever noticed that these little things seem to occur just when you are spiritually just starting to think you have a handle on life? Just as aggravating as a gnat buzzing your ear or a sneeze coming on that never arrives. Just when you are clicking along singing a song BAM! Out of nowhere comes a little comment from a friend, that probably wasn’t intended like we took it anyway, but it just eats away at our peace of mind. May be that it is some action a family member has done, that you know from experience isn’t a good move, but they have “forsaken wise counsel” and are destined to learn the hard way. It may just be the moron that cut you off in traffic and then acted like it was your fault. Maybe it’s just me. Maybe everyone reading this is super-spiritual and don’t have to deal with these nagging, insignificant, little events. If that is you pray for the rest of us!

This may not be my usual encouraging and uplifting thing I usually try to write, but I just thought I would get down to where most of us do live instead of where we should live. But there is hope found in Paul’s next chapter of Romans. In Chapter 8 and verse 28, he says “And we know that ALL things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Then he sums it all up in verse 31 with this question and answer: “What shall we say then to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” As you encounter those little gnat and sneeze moments in your life today remember that “God is for you” and “it is all for your good”. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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