This is one of those days.
A day when I wake up feeling bleak. When I feel discouraged because the moods came back on me yesterday.
That’s when it’s good to remember this story I read about David in II Samuel 23:
Once again there was a battle between the Philistines and Israel. David went down with his men to fight against the Philistines, and he became exhausted. And Ishbi-Benob, one of the descendants of Rapha, whose bronze spearhead weighed three hundred shekels and who was armed with a new sword, said he would kill David. But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to David’s rescue; he struck the Philistine down and killed him.
I’ve been blogging about David’s faith and boldness. But this story is about a time when David got tired, and he didn’t have the energy to fight anymore.
Even David hit the wall at times.
And when that happened, God reached down and made a way for victory to still be achieved.
Today, since I can’t rely on my own strength and initiative, I will have to rely on God, to make my day work out so that victory is still achieved.
And the same thing is true of the people in my life. I can be a positive force in their lives to some extent. But there’s a wall. I can’t get them where they need to go.
What I CAN do is bring them through prayer into God’s presence, His beautiful powerful radiance, where EVERYTHING is possible.
God is so good. His presence is so sweet.
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Ps 119:103
And it’s always available to me.
Yes, I have the moods. But I am so thankful that this week I also had sparks of energy and motivation. I blogged, “Why not assume action?”
And I took action.
I invited Alan and Yesenia over to dinner on the spur of the moment and we ate stir fry and talked about Mars colonization and our ideas to make the world a better place, and had a great visit.
I took my computer to the coffee shop to do some of my work from there. I saw three women there visiting and having coffee, who were still in their workout clothes. I asked them where they worked out, and we had a good conversation! I made some new friends!
I mentioned to Ken that there was a classical guitar concert we could go to, and so we went. Ken brought along one of the young campus students from Brazil, who plays the guitar. It was his birthday, so I made him some brownies. It was nice to get out and enjoy the music, and the company. We hoped to make some friends among the Auburn Guitar Society, but it was crowded and it didn’t happen.
The only thing we were able to do was have a nice chat with the freshman girl sitting next to us, who was there because of her music appreciation class. She told us how she is from Macon, and coming to Auburn is her dream come true. She wants to get a degree in speech pathology. All of the guitar music in the concert sounded the same to her. So before she left, we invited her to church. She appreciated the invite and asked about the church.
The rest is in God’s hands.
I’m taking action as I can, but whether I do a lot or hit a wall, it is still God who will bring victory.
Know also that wisdom is like honey for you: If you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. Prov. 24:14
Proverbs says the same thing in chapter 23: 17-18 — “Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord. There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.”
My hope will not be cut off. If I am WISE , I know God, and value the right things. And in knowing God, I know that there is something better coming, the reward for those who earnestly seek Him.
It is just in focusing on the wrong things that I lose hope.
When you sit down with a ruler . . . Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive. Prov 23: 1, 3
Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness. Prov. 23:4
God is the source of goodness itself. He has the treasure upon treasure.
But who is wise? Who can see that?
I was reading Luke 14. It has great illustrations of focusing on God, and not valuing the wrong things. Jesus encourages his disciples to take the most humble seat at a wedding banquet, “For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
And I’ve read it so many times, but I read it again — “Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: ‘If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.”
Who will see that God is so much more important than anything else?
In Luke 14, most did not.
Jesus told the story: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ But they all alike began to make excuses.”
I’m inviting people to the banquet, and few seem to see what I am offering.
I am offering HOPE.
I am offering the God who will swoop in and rescue us when we hit the wall.
And by ourselves, we all hit this wall, over and over again.
That is why we need the sweet presence and goodness of God.
He will give us comfort and inspiration.
He will set us on the path to true victory.
So let me do what is counter intuitive. Let me go out and just do what I can, even though it doesn’t feel effective. Let me hit the walls and get tired, and feel like I am failing. Let me only invite the girl sitting next to me.
God will succor me and build His kingdom.
But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Luke 14:13