Psalm 69: 1-23, 31-28:Answer me, O Lord, for your love is kind; in your great compassion, turn to me. Hide not your face from your servant; be swift and answer me, for I am in distress....For the Lord listens to the needy...
In one of his books, Andrew Weil speaks of ‘counter-factual’ thinking. He uses the term to describe not simple errant thinking, but worry over the unknowable. He cautions against the danger of thinking, “If I had only done x, this would not have happened.”
Our faith in God defends us against such counter-factual worries. God comes to us exactly where we are, knowing of our inconsistency and even our sin. God comforts us even in circumstances we have helped create through our errors. God is with us, here and now, as we deal with reality and the results of all we have done before.
The psalmist asked God, “Answer me, O Lord, for your love is kind,” entreating God, “Hide not your face from your servant.” The loving kindness and compassion of God come to us even in self-inflicted troubles.
Some of the most emotionally destructive statements in human life begin with the word ‘If.’ We wear ourselves out trying to determine how we came to trouble. But we would do better to seek the peace of God and move on. Human life and memory overflow with troubles prefaced by, “If...” But with God, we can put that word aside in peace.
With God, we can leave behind all ‘counter-factual thinking.’
Jeremiah 5:1-9; Romans 2:25-3:18; John 5:30-47
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