“This God—his way is perfect; the promise of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all who take refuge in him.” – Psalm 18:30 (NRSV)
Great words from the Psalmist to remember every day. I choose to take refuge in the Lord and I trust Him completely because his word will never fail.
Whenever we are challenged in any way and we know the one in whom we trust, we keep still and know that he is God, then we can boast that He will raise us above those challenges.
As a father, I always look back to when my children were still babies and could only crawl. I might be in one corner of the living room doing something when I notice that my baby has crawled up to me, on his or her knees and arms stretched towards me, sometimes crying to boot. At any of those moments, I always left what I was doing to pick up the kid. Always. Then I might notice he/she is wet or soiled, and proceed to change the nappies, or if I thought he/she was hungry, quickly delivered him/her to my wife to suckle.
Friends, if like any of my babies I went on my knees and stretched my arms to my heavenly father and asked him for anything, as I never turned away from my babies when they needed me, my Father will never turn away from me.
This is the case for you too. If today you are facing any challenges, remember that it is all under your knees and He will never turn away from you.
Take all those things that are weighing down on you and delight in the knowledge that they have been taken care of by your father. It is really at such moments you can know that you are strong. Our anchor scripture here is 2 Corinthians 12: 9-10 (NRSV):
“but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. / Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.”
Let there be no misunderstanding here that I suggest you go into your room, fall on your knees and pray and pray without working at your troubles and they will simply disappear.
The trick is to learn to shut the doors against the enemy who is trying to pull you down.
If for instance your weakness is financial difficulty, the way out is not to simply go on your knees and pray, without working and suddenly manna will fall from heaven. I have also come across Christians who feel a little discouraged because they have been sowing seeds in their pastor’s ministry and they are still in financial difficulty. I go, man, you really believe that giving the money you don’t have to your pastor will take away all your troubles? If you do that, you still leave the door open to the enemy. There is absolutely nothing wrong with sowing seeds, but the motives of those seeds are not lost on God. Our God knows the hearts of men. I assure you that you get different results if you sow seeds because they are needed to grow the ministry without expectations as opposed to when you sow in expectation of reward.
But if you work hard; I mean, the hardest you can humanly work, making sure that you have not left any aspect of your work undone, then you shut the door on the enemy, then and only then can you expect those kneemails to be answered. If according to your faith you know that you have worked hard and shut all the doors but also think that you must sow seeds, think well before you sow them. You can choose to sow in the wallet of somebody who already has more than he could ever spend in his or her lifetime or do so in the life of somebody who genuinely is unable to pay his or her way through life. Like Cornelius, would you not rather have an emissary from God say to you, “…your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God.”? – Acts 10:31
Clearly, there are many people out there who do not serve God, do not pray, neither sow seeds nor give alms, but are very successful. However, you choose to define success. Therefore, you may argue that without prayers, if you simply worked hard, you should also expect the same results, right?
No, not the same results. Have you not heard of those who did everything right, crossed all the ‘Ts’ and dotted all the ‘Is’ and somebody along the line sat on their files, found an excuse to delay, reduce or even deny their payments? What about those that their entire pay cheques go towards medical care or any of those devourers the Bible speaks of?
May our Lord meet you today at the point of your weakness; a health challenge, good old money issues, relationship blues, career/business uncertainties, depression, or the weight of that secret you think will bring your world crashing, do not delay, send a kneemail to our father today and claim your power; It is under your knees. The good news is that if you apply due diligence, shut the doors – meaning, make sure you are not found wanting on any of the things you are supposed to do, God will not only reward you with success, but will offer you the right protection against all threats temporal or spiritual.
Be still and know that He is God.
The greatest force is with you.
It is under your knees.
“It is under your knees #2” is the text base of sermon preached at Bexleyheath Methodist Church on 8th July 2018