Stumble and Fall
This is the second time this year that I published on failure. You’re seeing the true dark clouds that hang over me. My reply is: Have you ever met a happy prophet? I sometimes wish that I was called to be an evangelist. Evangelists always seem to be eternally happy, positive, and have a lot of energy. They’re also very likable (unlike prophets). A friend of mine once said in a sermon, “no one invites prophets over for dinner. They don’t even want to sit in the same row with them in church”. As I looked both ways, my row happened to be empty. Personally, I’ve always liked pastors the most but we will save that for another day.
What inspired me to write this today was a random search on Google. I had no reason to search the word “failure”. I was merely bored and was curious as to what would come up. The top listing was Wikipidea. The 3rd one was a dictionary definition. Not surprising.
The 2nd listing was “George W. Bush/The White House”. Now stop and think about that. Whether you liked W. or not how can you equate 8 years as the president of the United States to failure? (Please don’t send me any hate mail). I’m not going to try to evaluate this. I only posted it for the fact that no matter where we end up in life, we can feel and/or be evaluated as a failure.
When I struggle, I usually look to King David. What a man after God’s heart. It’s easy for us to say because we read about him long after he lived. I’m sure that those who served with him had their doubts at times.
Regardless of his mistakes, David stayed true to his heart for God and the calling that God placed on him. You too have a heart for God or you would not be serving in your capacity. You also have a calling. Seek out God as you walk through it. It is not a question of IF we will stumble and fall. It’s a question of will we allow God to pick us up.
Blessings to each of you today.
Psalms 30:1 I will exalt you, Lord,
for you lifted me out of the depths
and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
2 Lord my God, I called to you for help,
and you healed me.
3 You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead;
you spared me from going down to the pit.
4 Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;
praise his holy name.
It’s not Mother’s Day but I thought I would send out a note honoring all you women who toil in the kingdom. Men seem to gravitate to the glory but I think women do most of the real work. And not to be too serious all the time, I added a short video clip at the end to cheer you up if you are down today. I guarantee that you will walk away laughing!
Be blessed in all that you do!
Proverbs 31: Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character
10 [b]A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Four Old Ladies Car Accident Voicemail? –
This was a popular song by Pat Benatar in the late 70’s. We’ve all read Ephesians 6:12 that states that our battle is not against flesh and blood but against spiritual forces. This is very true until the battle becomes physical as it did in our house this week. I picked my wife up off the floor this week after she had been punched in the face by our son who continues to rage against battles in his spirit. His battles include pornography, abuse, and abandonment (to name a few) from his birth family and years in an orphanage. We don’t totally understand his battles. We try. We try to help but the battles linger. We hear his pain and love him through it but sometimes love is a battlefield and we experience the pain of it too – Laurie’s face is black and blue, very sore, and she probably has a concussion.
Calling the police on your 14 year old son is not easy. Watching him get arrested is even harder. When do you draw the line between spiritual battles and physical battles? When do you step in and use physical force or civil empowerment to stop a spiritual battle?
You may not be facing a battle this intense today. Maybe you are and you don’t realize it. As we spread the gospel around the world we will encounter battles. Some we will win, some we will lose but we know that the war has been won.
Laurie and I stand on faith that God has rescued this young man and that He has a divine purpose for his life. His battles are worse than most of us have experienced but maybe the calling on his life is stronger than most of us have as well.
As we link spiritual arms with each other this week let’s agree to pray and stand in the gap for those of us who are facing fierce battles in Kingdom.
I encourage you to take time today to pray for those in your sphere and for all of us fighting the good fight.
[ Submit Yourselves to God ] What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?