Daily Word for Saturday, August 8, 2015
The myth that an Ostrich buries its head in the sand when frightened, while not true, is a picture of what humans do metaphorically speaking.
We often practice avoidance of difficult challenge in hopes that it will somehow just go away but that seldom works and often makes the challenge worsen because of our neglect.
In Ezekiel 37:2, God reveals a principle that is not readily apparent; [Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry].
Note that Ezekiel was caused to pass by all around the many dry bones in the valley. It is as if God was saying this problem is not going to get fixed by your avoidance or neglect. You are going to have to “face it to fix it.”
Consider the following ideas or principles that go with facing your challenge:
1. Pro-activity will always win over no activity.
I Timothy 6:12 – Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
• There may be times when doing nothing is the order of the day but in most instances there will be a role you must play in fixing the issue.
2. The key is to be God-led and not head-led.
Romans 8:14 – For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
Proverbs 4:11-12 – I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths. 12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble.
• Just because you or someone else thought it doesn’t make it the counsel of God. Be sure!
3. Adding value in crisis is learned behavior.
Philippians 4:11-12 – Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
• Problem solving is something that no one is good at initially but we can learn to excel in it.
4. Don’t put energy into hiding that could be put into healing.
Genesis 16:7-9 – Now the Angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur. 8 And He said, “Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where have you come from, and where are you going?” She said, “I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.” 9 The Angel of the LORD said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hand.”
• Someone once said, “Suffering without catharsis is nothing but wasted pain.”
• Make your crisis pay; you do that by getting better instead of bitter.
5. Denial is a ‘river’ you will drown in.
John 8:31-32 – Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
• The ‘river’ denial’s water is too swift, its banks are rocky and too high and its currents are unpredictable.
• What appears to be a shortcut across the ‘river’ denial is a long cut in disguise.
Dear friend, study these principles and apply them in your life. God has great things in store for you!
Peace and blessings!