“I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill His purpose for me.”Psalm 57:2
In 1960, Raleigh Washington joined the army. He was quickly promoted to lieutenant colonel. He was well on his way to becoming a general when a group of white officers falsely accused Raleigh, who is black, of conduct unbecoming an officer.
Although none of the accusations were proven, he was discharged one day short of twenty years of service, and therefore was disqualified from all of his retirement benefits. At the time, his wife was pregnant with their fifth child.
Being a Christian, Raleigh decided not to become bitter. Instead, he applied to seminary. As a student, his income dropped by 90 percent. How he could have used that retirement income! But the Lord provided for the family's finances in exciting ways. When he graduated, the Evangelical Free Church recruited him to plant churches. Although he was their only black pastor, the white church members enthusiastically supported him.
During this time, he met a Jewish lawyer named Jeff Strange, who learned about his military case. For the next nine years, Jeff worked to reverse the decision.
Raleigh says, "Finally, I was reinstated for one day, so that I might retire. My retirement was made retroactive to 1980, and I received the accrued retirement benefits. In addition, they cleared my record. God...protected me from becoming bitter. Because I did not get bitter, God used whites to embrace my ministry, to support me, to befriend me. God used that time after my dismissal from the Army to teach my wife and me to walk by faith."
Your View of God Really Matters …
Has anyone ever deeply and wrongfully hurt you? Do you ever feel bitter about it? Is it hard to forgive despite your best efforts? Today, shift your focus from your circumstances to who God is. Do you really believe that God is sovereign in this situation? Do you really believe that His justice will prevail this time? Do you really?
Read God’s Word Today…
Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong. For like grass, they soon fade away. Like spring flowers, they soon wither. Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Psalm 37:1-3 NLT
GOD, because You are Just, I know Your justice will prevail.
Based on the writings of Bill Bright
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