k Thursday, January 28, 2016
In yesterday’s blog, I wrote that everybody, sooner or later, will have a day when they are humbled and/or humiliated. I used the old phrase, “meeting our Waterloo.” Today, I want to write about what happens next. How will our Waterloo affect our life? Will it crush or dispirit us and cause us to lose our self confidence or will it make us stronger afterward? I included yesterday Psalm 119:71 where David wrote: “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; (humbled)that I might learn thy statutes.” “Have been” shows that he was speaking in the past tense. Of course, besides “Waterloo” type experiences, David had many other painful experiences in life in which he was persecuted, tormented, or terrified. Still, he was implying that they all turned out to be a benefit for him. We must assume that they caused him to seek God more deeply and as a consequence, to better understand Him and His ways.
About a thousand years later, the apostle, Paul, referring to the missionary gospel work he and his associates were called to do, wrote these words: “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9) May I remind you, child of God, that the same grace, courage, and strength that kept Paul and his team going is at our disposal too?
I’ve shared this silly story before but here it is again anyway: A little boy was trying to reach a doorbell to a certain room in an apartment hallway. An elderly gentleman who was walking by decided to help the lad so he rang the doorbell for him. When he did, immediately the kid scampered away and yelled back to him, “run!” If you are dealing today with a “Waterloo” or any other painful experience, my advice to you is the same as the little boy’s: “run!” But I don’t mean run away from your problem but rather “run” to the Lord. Proverbs 18:10 says: “The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”
Memory verse for the week: (Matthew 5:16) “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”