Stop tinkering with the system
By Sparta Live | August 6, 2018 7:51 am
By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church
It’s August, and a few things that come to mind when we think of this month are steamy days – school starting back, garden harvesting, county fairs, and well, surprise Lilies. For the men and maybe most of the women who are reading this, you may be wondering what a surprise Lily is. Actually, I had to stop by a stranger’s house myself to inquire about them and ask about the name. They have a stem that shoots out of the ground about 24 inches, with a cluster of blooms at the top. They grow in groups and can be seen along the sides of a yard or two. I had some in a side yard of our home a few years back, and I noticed something about them. As tender and top heavy as they are, they possess a unique quality. They remain strong through hard winds and heavy rains during their life cycle, but if you touch them they seem to break very easily.
I think our lives are much like the surprise Lily. God has designed us to be able to withstand supernaturally the storms from the natural. When we are pliable and teachable through the hardest times, we become a more beautiful addition to the landscape. Our ability to bend and not break is found in our relationship with Jesus. The closer we are to the Lord, the less the storm hurts. But like the surprise Lily, again, as soon as we remove God’s hands and insert our own gardening technics is when the stem breaks at the ground, and the beauty is gone.
In the book of Job, we find a similar situation with Job himself. He loses everything in a single day – his children, his belongings, his wealth. His hope and his future were attacked, and, now, would his response be to persevere with God and remain pliable in the storm, or would he allow the hands of friends and even his wife to break his commitment to serve God? Job’s response to his wife in chapter 2 and verse 10 was “shall we receive good from God and not evil,” then Job did the pliable. He worshipped God. If Job had listened to man’s input, he would have failed the test and ruined his relationship with the lord.
Jesus spoke to the seven churches in the book of Revelation and said to each of them, “If you have an ear, then let that person hear.” And then he gives them instruction on how to be victorious, and none of those options to the seven churches ever involved man interfering with God’s plan.
If we are going to persevere, then we’re going to have to stop tinkering with the system. The old adage goes “if it ain’t broke then don’t fix it.” Well that’s a bit different where the Lord is concerned in our lives. In our spiritual growth, it should read more like “God designed it, so stop trying to break it.”
For several chapters in Job, we get a large dose of man’s response. Then, as we enter into chapter 38, we get the empowered version with God’s response. My favorite verse is found when God has just began to lay out his case as to why He is God and we are not. He says in verse 18 “stop me if you know all of this.” Are we finding ourselves interrupting God’s plan for our lives by trying to do life by ourselves? Maybe he should stop us from time to time and just ask us audibly “stop me if you know all this.” Or maybe he is trying to on a daily basis but we’re just not listening.
Take a good look and notice the surprise Lily and realize that God can “do” our lives much better than we can, and the very moment we try to interfere is the moment we start to break it.
Let’s talk more about this Sunday morning at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., at Christpoint Church. We’re real people, living real lives, serving a real God. Welcome home.