January 22, 2015
[Gen 12:1 NKJV]
Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you.
[Gen 12:4 NKJV]
So Abram departed as the LORD had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram [was] seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.
[Mar 1:16 NKJV]
And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.
[Mar 1:17 NKJV]
Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”
[Mar 1:18 NKJV]
They immediately left their nets and followed Him.
[Mat 2:7 NKJV]
Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared.
[Mat 2:8 NKJV]
And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found [Him], bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.”
[Mat 2:9 NKJV]
When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was.
[Mat 2:10 NKJV]
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.
[Mat 2:11 NKJV]
And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
[Mat 2:12 NKJV]
Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.
[Act 25:9 NKJV]
But Festus, wanting to do the Jews a favor, answered Paul and said, “Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and there be judged before me concerning these things?”
[Act 25:10 NKJV]
So Paul said, “I stand at Caesar’s judgment seat, where I ought to be judged. To the Jews I have done no wrong, as you very well know.
[Act 25:11 NKJV]
“For if I am an offender, or have committed anything deserving of death, I do not object to dying; but if there is nothing in these things of which these men accuse me, no one can deliver me to them. I appeal to Caesar.”
[Act 25:12 NKJV]
Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, “You have appealed to Caesar? To Caesar you shall go!”
[Phl 1:23 NKJV]
For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, [which is] far better.
What do all of the verse above have in common with one another? If you guessed that they are examples of flexibility you are correct! Being flexible means that you are willing to bend. Not willing to bend towards corruption, but rather to bend in favor the will of God. While this is not in the Calvary Distinctives, it certainly comes from it’s author who wrote:
Blessed are the flexible; for they shall bend and not break
The problem that we find in many instances in our lives is the opportunity to be flexible and our stiff-necked response. We tend to have a “five-year plan” always in view and will guard that plan as a priority where any distraction from it’s immovable course sends us into a mental frenzy. The reality though is that there are no interruptions in the life of the believer, only opportunities to bring glory to God when we are willing to bendÂ to the will of God in our circumstances. This does not mean weÂ acquiesce to these seeming interruptions. If we merely bend our wills to satiate God instead of wholeheartedly surrendering to Him, we are failing to bring Him glory in our circumstances.
Our aim as believers should be to seek every opportunity to give God glory in everything that we do. This requires us to be flexible, malleable, bending in the hands of the LORD. God is, after all, omniscient- He knows everything. He is infinite. We are finite. He knows our days before even one of them comes to pass. And so if we set our minds on our own plans and fail to account for the fact that God has bigger plans for us than we have, we become rigid in our thinking and when the curves of life come we end up broken.
Think about it this way. Your are driving down the road because you think that you need to be at a certain place at a certain time. You have settled it in your mind that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line; after all that is a scientifically proven fact, right? And so you set out on your course. The road you are on is straight and your journey is going quite as expected. You begin to climb a steep section of the road and realize that this road your on takes you up the side of mountain. Shear cliffs are immediately to your left, and up ahead you see it. The road takes a sharp curve to the right! But the fastest way to your destination is a straight line, “As the crow flies,” or so they say. Problem. You are not a crow. Do you stick to your guns and go straight? That will definitely get you to a destination really, really fast. But it won’t get you to your destination, unless you want to get to the Final Destination by way of a quick fall off a long cliff!
No, you take the prescribed course and make the turn to the right to avoid breaking. Eventually you arrive at your destination, but God has chosen to take you by way of the scenic route. And that is often times what God does. He takes you down paths that are outside of your plan to show you things that you would not have ever seen had you stuck steadfast to your plan.
So, be flexible. You never know when God wants to show you something that is off your beaten path. Remember, His ways are not our ways. We need to trust that when we become flexible to the will of God in our lives that He will bend us to the shape that He wants us to be.
IÂ am going to cut this short tonight because I need to be flexible. My wife has been vying for my attention all day. While I could view this as an interruption, I will instead view it as an opportunity to be flexible and perhaps the scenic route will prove to be what the LORD intended all along!
LORD, thank You for this day. What an incredible day it was indeed. We laid to rest a dear brother in Christ today who fought a tough battle in this life. I praise You that he now stands before You in glory. Be with his family, his friends, and his fellowship in our time of grief. We know that he is definitely in a much better place, still we selfishly desire him to remain with us. LORD, there is coming a day for each of us when it does not matter how flexible we are. That day is the day that You choose to bring us home. At the point, all choice in the matter is abandoned to Your will and we find our rest in You. Hopefully we will all hear You say, “Well done My good and faithful servant,” But there are those who will not hear those words because they have refused to bend to Your will and accept Your gift of salvation. And so I lift them up to You now. LORD I know that You will that none would perish but that all would come to repentance. So I ask that You would move in the lives of those who are refusing You now. Touch them in a profound way as You have touched me. Cause them to see how great Your love is. If by some means You would choose me to be the agent by which they hear the Gospel message, here I am LORD, use me.Â -Amen