Mid Afternoon Meditation 9-11-20

More than four years ago I embarked on a meditational journey through the Psalms. My practice has been to move verse by verse through the book asking meditational questions of my readers. You have come up with some great answers over the years, but I have provided few.

I have now finished the journey of asking and I am now beginning the journey of thinking on and answering my own questions through the Psalms. Let’s begin:

On May 19th 2016 in my evening meditation I asked…

Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers, Psalm 1:1,12

HOW DO I GET OUT OF THE WAY OF SINNERS AND STILL LIVE IN THE WORLD?

Paul the apostle told us we were to be “in the world but not of the world.” It is not our relationships that matter but our influences. I am called to love people…all people like God loves them. I cannot love someone and not be in relationship with them. I know….I know….there are two problems with this. First I cannot be in relationship with everyone. It is physically impossible. So can I love everyone? Not by that definition, but I can love the people I am with. I can love the people God gives me exposure to. Secondly there are people whom it is not safe for me to be in relationship with because they are abusive, or because I am so weak, they corrupt me.

So we are back to our original question,

HOW DO I GET OUT OF THE WAY OF SINNERS AND STILL LIVE IN THE WORLD?

I have to admit that there are some people who are negative influences not healthy relationships. Further, because they are negative influences, my being around them causes me to stumble. When I am around them I find myself walking in step with the wicked.

The only answer is to admit my weakness as my own, and to bring it to God. He is the deliverer. I must trust Him to deliver me from my own weakness of following the crowd. Then, I must leave the crowd behind, at least until such time as I am strong enough to handle it.

Well that is enough for now.

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