“Let us fall by the hand of God, for he is most merciful; but let me not fall by the hand of man.” (2 Sam 24:14)
I can still remember the advice received more than 26 years ago – if you encounter something difficult for you, somebody’s bad behavior, a hostile or rude reply, etc. – take it from the hand of God. Because “He is most merciful” and He knows better why you should experience that situation. It will be more difficult to accept this “by the hand of man”. We will be, probably, provoked to respond in the same way.
I discover the same with my weakness – when I offered it in “the hand of God” I met mercy, when I showed this in front of man – judgment.
“Then I acknowledge my sin to you, my guilt I covered not. I said, ‘I confess my faults to the LORD’, and you took away the guilt of my sin.” (PS 32:5).
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