In the world but not of it

January 14, 2010

He opens and shuts…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

I do not trust in my bow; I do not count on my sword to save me. You are the one who gives us victory over our enemies; you disgrace those who hate us. Psalms 44:6-7

One of my favorite films in recent times is called Facing the Giants. It tells the story of a football coach who experiences a series of losses in life and on the field. He then turns back to the Lord, surrenders completely to Him and watches God do the seemingly impossible.

It is more than a “feel good” movie. It is inspirational in that it amplifies some of the foundational principles taught in the Bible. It reminds us that God is there waiting for His children to surrender and not strive. It demonstrates that our skills and abilities can only take us so far and that without His help we cannot realize all that He has meant for us.

Notice that the Psalmist has a bow and a sword. He had his tools and expected to use them but he also understood that the results depended on God.

This really encourages me because so often we are working towards a goal or an objective. We expect to achieve certain things or see the work of our hands result in specific rewards or accomplishments. Then when it doesn’t come we get frustrated or confused. Our expectations in life have been influenced by a society that teaches us that hard work results in rewards but that is not always the case.

We carry this pressure of success around like a heavy backpack, it sits well on our back but we can constantly feel it there and think about when we can finally stop and take it off.

God doesn’t place this type of pressure on us. He teaches us to work hard, be smart but to expect the results from Him.

In Revelations 3:8 Jesus said “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it”…He knows what we do and only God can open doors for us that no one can shut but He can also shut doors that no one can open. This is the God we love and serve; the one who cares enough about your life and sees how to navigate it best…


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