Hold the Line-trusting in the face of overwhelming circumstances:
Many of us have found ourselves running into the solid brick walls of obstinate people.
As firefighters, we struggle with those who refuse our care at an accident when we in our professional opinion know that they need our help.
We strongly encourage someone after a severe car accident that they need to go to the hospital for further treatment. We explain to them that due to the mechanism of injury, the severity of the damage to the vehicle, and our training all points to this individual needing further care. We encourage them that we cannot see what is going on inside their bodies and those with better equipment, higher training, and more attention could possibly save their life. But sadly many of those we encounter in the midst of crisis refuse our care.
Consider the application for our own lives:
Has anyone that we dearly loved refused to listen, refused our help, or turned away from us because of our compassionate offering of assistance?
Why is it that many people who are in need of help turn away from those who can help them?
Have we not once been like those we are trying to persuade? Have we not been stubborn, inflexible, and seemingly immovable in our position that was our past life? Are we not like the people in the Bible who God loves so much yet because of their stubbornness they were sent into exile? What seemed to be punishment was actually God’s divine hand of providence protecting them, providing for them, and building them up as their hearts began to turn back to Him once again.
“For they have not listened to my words, declares the Lord, words that I sent to them again and again by my servants and the prophets. And you exiles have not listened either. declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:19
Perhaps, if we would look in the mirror and in God’s word we would be reminded of the answer. Many of us have read the verse Jeremiah 29:11 where The Lord says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
But what about the context of that verse, what was going on during that time? Many of the people of Israel were in exile.
They were removed from their homeland, estranged, and I am sure that had many doubts. But in the midst of their pain, their feelings of abandonment, God instructs them to not just to live but to THRIVE!
For 70 years they lived in a place that wasn’t home. Sometimes God’s plans don’t line up with our plans. Sometimes we fight against His hand when in the end His Plan is far better than anything we could imagine.
So when we come upon the moments of life where we don’t understand, when things don’t make any sense, let us trust the one who has the ultimate Incident Action Plan for our lives.
When those that we love fail to listen or refuse our care; don’t give up on them! For God didn’t give up on us and gave His only Son in spite of our refusal.
“For God did not send His son to condemn the world but to save it.” John 3:17
“While we were yet sinners Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
So hold the line and keep fighting the good fight for one day those that we love will come home, the things that don’t make sense will be made right, and He will wipe away every tear from our eyes.
Andy J. Starnes
Bringing Back Brotherhood Ministries