1 John 1:9, 1 Peter 4:12-13, 1 Samuel 13:14-15:23, 2 Corinthians 6;2, 2 Samuel 12:13, Blow Up or Bow Down, Bow down before God, Isaiah 55:7-11, James 1:2-4, James 1:5-6, James 4:10, Receive God's forgiveness, Repentance Or Rejection?, Trusting God
Bible Ballistics: BBs #731 Blow Up Or Bow Down???
Whether we like it or not, crises come into our lives, usually when we least expect them; but our God is faithful, and HE never says “oops”! I’m so glad—yet I want to talk about our responses to crises, for we have options, and two of those are to “blow up” and pitch a “hissy fit” (southern for a real fit!), or to “bow” before our Lord and seek HIS face for the wisdom, grace and strength to “stand fast in the evil day”!
think it not strange concerning the fiery trial
which is to try you,
as though some strange thing
happened unto you:
13 But rejoice,
inasmuch as ye are partakers
of Christ’s sufferings;
that, when his glory shall be revealed,
ye may be glad also
with exceeding joy.” 1 Peter 4:12-13
James also encourages us to realize that trials are a part of life—especially the life of God’s children!
count it all joy
when ye fall into divers temptations;
3 Knowing this,
that the trying of your faith
4 But let patience have her perfect work,
that ye may be perfect and entire,
wanting nothing.” James 1:2-4
James goes on to advise us as to what we ought to do when we don’t understand, leading us to achieve the maturity that he mentions (perfect –is referring to spiritual maturity, not sinless ‘perfection’!).
“If any of you lack wisdom,
let him ask of God,
that giveth to all men liberally,
and upbraideth not;
and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith,
For he that wavereth
is like a wave of the sea
driven with the wind
and tossed.” James 1:5-6
Are we blowing up—being tossed and driven by the winds of life? Or are we seeking God’s face for strength and wisdom to persevere?
So many are preaching an “easy life” gospel which falsely tells people that “if you have enough faith”, “if you name it and claim it” it will happen, but God’s Word tells us that “the servant is not greater than his Lord”; and our Lord suffered for “Being” right as well as “Doing” right and He told us that we should expect the same! Ouch! Not a popular perspective or message, but it is truth!
James gives us another principle for dealing with our trials, and trouble—not a very popular answer in our culture—yet it is God’s answer; to recognize that GOD is still GOD and I “am not”!
in the sight of the Lord,
and he shall lift you up.” James 4:10
When we recognize that God is God, and we are not, we can bow ourselves before HIM, knowing that HE is ever working for HIS glory and our good; even when we don’t see it or understand it!
“Let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts:
and let him return unto the LORD,
and he will have mercy upon him;
and to our God,
for he will abundantly pardon.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,
saith the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow
and returneth not thither,
but watereth the earth,
and maketh it bring forth and bud,
that it may give seed to the sower,
and bread to the eater:
11 So shall my word be
that goeth forth out of my mouth:
it shall not return unto me void,
but it shall accomplish that
which I please,
and it shall prosper in the thing
whereto I sent it.” Isaiah 55:7-11
Blow up or bow down? The choice is yours, but if you will see and acknowledge that GOD is GOD and seek His face, “he will have mercy”! God’s mercy is here for you and me, but we must seek HIM while HE may be found. Today is what we have—what will you do with it?
“(For he saith, I have heard thee
in a time accepted,
and in the day of salvation
have I succoured thee:
behold, now is the accepted time;
behold, now is the day of salvation.)”. 2 Corinthians 6:2
Consider the contrast between David and Saul, who each received rebuke from The Lord, yet had two different responses. Saul was busy “doubting, pouting and dropping outing”, while David humbled himself before God and accepted the discipline of God in his life. Which one will you emulate (copy)?
“And David said unto Nathan,
I have sinned against the LORD.
And Nathan said unto David,
The LORD also hath put away thy sin;
thou shalt not die.” 2 Samuel: 12:13
Saul in contrast:
“But now thy kingdom shall not continue:
the LORD hath sought him a man
after his own heart,
and the LORD hath commanded him
to be captain over his people,
because thou hast not kept that
which the LORD commanded thee…
… 11 It repenteth me that I have set up Saul
to be king:
for he is turned back
from following me,
and hath not performed my
And it grieved Samuel;
and he cried unto the LORD all night…
.19 Wherefore then didst thou not obey
the voice of the LORD,
but didst fly upon the spoil,
and didst evil
in the sight of the LORD?
20 And Saul said unto Samuel,
Yea, I have obeyed
the voice of the LORD…
…. 22 And Samuel said,
Hath the LORD as great delight
in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
as in obeying
the voice of the LORD?
Behold, to obey
is better than sacrifice,
and to hearken
than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,
and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
Because thou hast rejected
the word of the LORD,
he hath also rejected thee
from being king.” 1 Samuel 13:14 & 15:11 & 19-23
The choice is yours; will you offer “sacrifices” unto God and refuse to obey (I encourage you to read the full account of Saul and Samuel in chapters 12-16)? Or will you confess, repent and receive God’s forgiveness, cleansing and restoration? Choose wisely, there is a test.
“If we confess our sins,
he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,
and to cleanse us
from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
May we hear HIS voice today and respond? Amen!!!