Emptying the Ex-Box
Zechariah 7: 9â€œThus has the LORD of hosts said, â€˜Dispense true justice and practice kindness and compassion each to his brother; 10Â and do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.â€™
Some of are still holding onto the Ex box. The Ex box is anything from our past, our old life that we do not let go of, or give over completely to God.Â It can be photos, notes, an object and ultimately it can be held tightly in our thoughts. I am pausing from sorting through Jonathan’s box of things to tell you I just threw away a bad memory I gripped tightly. Jonathan had many harsh realities to deal with, and he had some choice words he wrote down on paper about someone who was hurting him. Why keep such a note?
- Because it feeds my own wounds
- Because I’m angry
- Because there has not been satisfactory justice
- Because it vindicates me
These are the reasons I have held onto this sheet of paper. And even as I read it, I felt my heartache stirred. But, I declared out loud, “THIS DOES NOT HELP ME!” And, in a decisive move I balled it up and tossed the note in the trash.
- Trust God’s justice
- Acknowledge that God saw Jonathan’s pain
- God alone is judge
- Forgiveness frees me, and offers hope to the wrong doer
What do you have in your box? Is there one thing you can give to God that you desperately want solved, fixed, or don’t understand? Declare out loud the truth over the object and release it. Embrace the far better future God has for us and let go of the Ex.
My prayers are with you!