Do we ever allow ourselves to be derailed by the actions or words of another? I’m ashamed to say that there have been times when I’ve spent entire DAYS derailed! However, the closer I am to God, the less time I spend derailed. God is never derailed by anyone. He is supremely confident in His purpose. His Words are: “I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me…My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose…I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it.” (Isaiah 46:9-11) That’s OUR FATHER speaking! HIS love secures us in WHO He IS!!! When we get close to Him and experience Him, He more fully indwells in us and we begin to think and act like Him. We are also attracted to people who are like Him. We build a tight inner circle of friendships which help keep us on track. When we crash, God and His friends are quick to set us back on track. We live in a fallen world which is writhing in pain from man’s decision to live independently from God; thus, we are guaranteed conflict. He doesn’t free us from the conflict of sin, He frees us from the chains. He broke the power that sin has over us and gave us the CHOICE to be free. King David wrote: “For the king trusts in the Lord, and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.”(Psalms 21:7) Our Father cowers to no one. When we experience His steadfast love, our fear is replaced by His freedom. We learn not to waste time crash-heap of fear, doubt or pain caused by those who have no respect for God. When we’ve experienced His freedom, our deepest desire is to live dependent upon Him–because that’s how He created us to live!