Leftovers | Devotion #5: No Foil in the Microwave
Letting go is not a one-time deal. I have tried. I have tried telling God, “I forgive him” when I still feel angry. Putting it behind you requires a lot of strength, and it is easier when I lean on God and remember the love of Jesus. For example, my sister and I beef. To beef means to bicker. We beef constantly! She is finishing up her psychology degree at a very prestigious school, and I am currently working towards an associates degree from my local community college. So we come from two different schools of thought. I have a bad itch for bringing things back up that I should leave in the past. It is really difficult to avoid arguments in general, but one thing I have strived to do this past year is not let them get out of hand. The devil is at work in those moments, when we are on edge. James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
My sister never gave me the attention I craved growing up. I do not think she wanted to lift my ego any higher than it already was. This still frustrates me. Anytime we beef, the devil reminds me of the neglect when all I wanted was for her to recognize me. I sound so dramatic right now because that is what Satan does. He exaggerates the thoughts that make it feel impossible to ignore in a situation that is already full of tension. However, it is crucial we ignore these bad memories regardless of how we feel in the moment. That is if we have forgiven the person (my sister does not need forgiveness for helping me learn that not everyone is going to like you). We need to realize that those memories are not God reminding us, so we can counter our opponent in an argument and win. It is the devil reminding us, so we can blow up the argument and lose.
Isaiah 43:18-19 says, “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
We are all trying to stay focused on what God is doing right now in our own lives, so it does no good to revive things that are like aluminum foil in the microwave. We need to throw that junk out when it reappears. We need to resist the devil in those situations. It is only going to make things worse. I am sorry for the ten thousand “we need” statements. However, forgiveness is not short-term. You have not forgiven someone if you are always bringing it back up to the dinner table when you argue about politics and the GOAT debate between LeBron and MJ. Family dinners can get heated, but they should not get out of hand. The devil has no seat at the table. Do not throw the aluminum foil into the microwave.