Updated: Aug 11, 2019
Dear friends, it’s good to be back with all of you. I trust that the Lord had been protecting and blessing you. God is continually bringing us to a place where he can challenge us. If we accept the transformation and change, God will lead us into a greater glory and understanding of Him. If we sulk, pout, or back away from that challenge, like the Israelites, we’ll be lost in the spiritual wilderness (Numbers 32:13). God engineers a series of events in our lives that may appear random and chaotic. Once we’re at the precipice a simple decision on our part, to go on with God or turn back into a more decadent life, makes an eternal difference. Such events are our spiritual tipping points.
I’d like for us to look at two examples in scripture, one is King David and the other would be the Lord Jesus Himself. Both of them demonstrated exemplary obedience to God and went on from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18). Let’s first look into 1 Samuel 17 which narrates the encounter between David and Goliath. Unlike the other Israelites who cowered before Goliath (1 Samuel 17:11), David was incensed that a heathen would defy the Almighty (1 Samuel 17:16). How many of us feel that way saints? An Atheist ridicules our faith, insults our Lord, denigrates Christianity and we quietly tolerate it because we don’t want to offend them and be seen as cruel or heartless. Are our hearts bleeding for humanity or for the living God? When faced with certain disaster, David chose to honor God, put his faith in Him and accepted the challenge (1 Samuel 17:45). Not only did he defeat Goliath (1 Samuel 17:50) but he also became Saul’s confidant (1 Samuel 18:2) and eventually King of Israel. What would have happened had David not made the simple decision to trust God and defeat Goliath? He would have missed His tipping point, returned to tending sheep and died in obscurity.
Let’s now look at an event in the life of the Lord Jesus Himself when He was betrayed by Judas and was arrested by the Pharisees. The Lord had the option to call upon our Heavenly Father who would have sent an army of Angels to defend His Only begotten Son (Matthew 26:53). Had Christ done that, the entire Pharisee clan would have been destroyed along with the supporting Roman soldiers. Jesus would have saved Himself and gone on back to heaven, but you and I would have had no salvation. Instead, at His tipping point, the Lord made a simple decision to obey God, go to the cross, fulfil prophecy and redeem humankind. Because of that simple decision that He made Jesus became Lord of the Universe (Philippians 2:8-9).
How are we responding to God’s careful designs in our lives saints? Are we turning back from our spiritual tipping points or are we going on with Him until we reach eternal glory? I hope that it is the latter saintsJ.
Till we meet again, “May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May He lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.”