When I’m bowed down with sorrow I will lift up Your name
and the foxes in the vineyard will not steal my joy
because You are good to me, good to me
You know as well as I do that life can get hard. For example, just when you think things are going great the “universe” throws a wrench in your plans. We get knocked down a peg or two. Whether it’s bad news, bad circumstance, bad decisions, It’s not fun. At all. And what do we do when this happens? Well, we either break down at that very moment and yell “Mercy!” or we brush things aside, put our chin down and just push and push, fighting for every step till we get through. I admit that often times, I choose the latter. Why not fight the circumstance that has surrounded you and push on? Why not stare the problem in the face, steam roll it and move on? Sounds kinda heroic doesn’t it? I mean, doesn’t that seem like the most Christian thing to do? But what I have found about this approach is that we aren’t mean’t to be the hero…
Listen to me brothers and sisters, when you take things into your own hands, you expose something… your weakness. And what does sin like to do in these circumstances? It wants to exploit every bit of weakness you got. It cleverly sends in things like doubt, sorrow, regret, the silent killers. These “foxes” infest and eat up every single resource your vineyard could ever produce. It steals your effectiveness in love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, self control and so on. Whether by tackling your problems by your own power, ignoring them , or just plain giving up, you are letting yourself get robbed of all kinds of goodness that God has gifted you with and there is nothing you can do except cry out…
We cannot do this alone.
And the good news is, is that we are not alone!
God is so good. No matter the circumstance, no matter how much you have been robbed, He remains the faithful giver, comforter, sustainer, and life breather over us. He is the source of our very hope for a better future. He is the source of love that covers and comforts all. He is our source of strength in the weakness that we foolishly rely on. Why are we not tapping in to all that He has ready for us? Why do we seem to think that we do not need Him in every decision we make? These are questions I cannot answer for you. All I can do is seek God on my own behalf. Won’t you take some time today and reflect and all His goodness? Reflect on all that is available to you? Whether you are in the thick of it or flying high, make Christ the center of all you choose to be. Let these words be an encouragement to you… there is always someone there for you.