I love big picture, little picture. It’s a little game God plays with me. You’ve probably played it to. It is where He shows you something and then tells you to keep watching. For example I have read James 4:7-10 a few times this past week and I saw the big picture. Namely; humbling yourself before God is the only way to be lifted up and beat things you might be fighting. If you resist the devil you also turn to God. It is not you who defeats the thing you fighting but God. Rely on Him and He will pull you through it. I know this and it is good stuff that I need to remember.
But wait there is more. There must be because I have read this like 5 times and can see something but it is all fuzzy and I cannot make it out. Then it hit me. If you want a different outcome you have to change something.
OK this one is tough to pull out of these verses but track with me for a minute and I promise to try and make sense of this.
James 4:7-10 “So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.”
I am not very good at knowing what the different conjunctions and parts of speech are, but there are 8 instead ofs, or in place ofs. You know like this instead of that….Ya dig.
OK so here is the deal. If you want something different you need to do something different. So lets say sin is the problem you’re facing. Well to defeat it you resist the devil and he will flee, you just tell him no and then come close to God. The devil cannot occupy the same space as God (Job I know but thats a weird one because he was summonsed, and theres more to it). Lets make it simpler and say chocolate cake is the issue. Well just don’t buy it, and if it is in the house don’t eat it. Instead eat a banana. Cake and a Banana cannot occupy the same space in your mouth at the same time. You have to do something different.
Everything is like this. If you want different results in your life you have to make different choices. If you want to be healthy then you have to do healthy things instead of unhealthy (not just physically folks). I know what you are thinking; Mike I appreciate this but I already know this, and it’s easier said than done. My response is first I know that and that is why it is called a principal. Second is if you know it then why are you not doing it? Because it’s hard? No because you don’t want to thats why. You do hard stuff all the time, but you don’t make the choices you need to make because you don’t want to. Guess what that is OK. Just be honest about it. Difficulty has almost nothing to do with it, desire is almost all of it.
I get it there are some cases that are different. There are some cases that are so extreme I would a total jerk to not feel bad for them. But by and large those are the ones that inspire us. Those are the ones that move us. Those are the ones that give us hope, that give us drive to move on and accomplish. Check out Nicholas James Vujicic and then tell me how hard things cannot be done.
So today either admit you don’t want to and stop whining, or start making different choices and see how God lifts you up.
Just a thought,