Once more, I’m following up on pouring our hearts out to the Lord I started on July 17, 2022. Today we’re going to look at temptation & obedience in the middle of personal trauma. That’s when our conversations with God may sound something like this…”I’m tempted to disobey Lord, I need your help right now. Give me strength to obey You, to take my eyes off the situation and refocus them back on You. That’s because I tend to look for relief or escape from pain, suffering, or uncomfortable feelings and/or situations by seeking refuge in someone or something other than You.” One of the best places in God’s Word to start is Psalm 119…the longest Psalm in the Bible…a whopping 176 verses long, but within it you will find a blueprint to follow for learning the love of and obedience to the Word of God. The Psalmist uses terms such as, “Turn my heart toward Your statues, Teach me Your Word, I will run the path of Your commands, I seek Your Word.” But Psalm 119 is also balanced by the Author’s awareness for the need for forgiveness when he has strayed. “My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to Your Word. ” (Psalm 119:28) and “Though I constantly take my life in my hands, I will not forget Your Law.” (Psalm 119:109) That’s because the Writer knew his obedience to the Word had to come from a deep-seated faith in his God.