Drop the rock…

holding stone

holding stone (Photo credit: tamaki)

Then the Lord said to Moses: “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you cross the Jordan into Canaan, select some towns to be your cities of refuge, to which a person who has killed someone accidentally may flee. They will be places of refuge from the avenger, so that anyone accused of murder may not die before they stand trial before the assembly. These six towns you give will be your cities of refuge. Give three on this side of the Jordan and three in Canaan as cities of refuge. These six towns will be a place of refuge for Israelites and for foreigners residing among them, so that anyone who has killed another accidentally can flee there. – Numbers 35:9-15

My friend had been hurt. Someone she trusted betrayed her. She was tricked into thinking that this person was unable to go to an event with her because of sickness. She later found out that the one she trusted went with somebody else.

Many of us have been hurt by similar situations. We want to pick up a big stone and throw it at them meaning to do harm. But remember Jesus with the woman caught in adultery in John 8.  All the Pharisees had the stones in their hands ready to kill the woman. As Jesus wrote in the dirt, perhaps words that reminded each of them of their own wrongdoings, the stones dropped one by one onto the ground … a testimony of their own guilt.

We are ready to avenge someone who has done wrong … especially against us. God knows all about what happened, so we don’t need to make a case. We can let him handle it, because he knows exactly what to do. Can we trust him in this?

Prayer: Lord, thank you for taking care of times I have been wronged and have wronged others.  I pray that I can let go and let you handle it. Amen

Faith Tip: Is there a situation that you are holding on to and still feeling the barbs of resentment. It’s time to let go and be free. Trust God in that he will handle it in a perfect manner.

3 thoughts on “Drop the rock…

  1. Thanks. This reminds me of the amazing power of forgiveness. It give us a new lease on life. I know about holding stones. I held one for years for a man whom I believed had caused me to lose my job. Finally at a worship service I was invited to let it (the stone?) drop. I did and was filled with such exhilaration that night I got very little sleep.

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