Joy vs. Giants
As I write this post, the polls have not closed. But I thought that this might be appropriate the day after the election.
When David faced Goliath, I don't believe it was joy in his heart that he was experiencing. However, he wasn't overcome with fear either. David went out on the battlefield by faith, and he did the right thing. Joy came after he had been faithful.
When Gideon faced the Midianites, he went out by faith and did the right thing. Joy came after he had been faithful.
King Jehoshaphat and Israel faced their enemy army and by faith did the right thing. Joy came after they had been faithful.
Everyone rewards faithfulness and demotes unfaithfulness.
Spouses love it when their spouse is faithful and don't cheat on them.
Employers love it when their employees are loyal and don't' steal from them.
Teachers love it when their students are committed and don't cheat on them.
You get the picture.
So what giant are you facing that is challenging you to be unfaithful? Greed? Lust? Jealousy? Prejudice? Bitterness?
Is there anything about yesterday's election that is going to change our faithfulness to Christ? Absolutely not. We are going to continue to be as if not more than ever.
"But Pastor, I am not as faithful in every area of my life as I could be?" You're not alone. You may struggle in one part of your life while excelling in another. That is why the Bible asks us to give our ALL to God. Not just the parts we think we can afford. 2 Timothy 2:11-13 says It is a trustworthy statement: For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him; If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us; If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.
Today, if you want to experience GREAT joy, surrender the part of yourself that you struggle with the most.
PRAY. Jesus, please take the parts of me that are not pleasing to you and help me as faithful as I can today. AMEN!