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Fight The good fight

By Craig Gaffney
April 8, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HEREto read today’s passages.
Deuteronomy 32:28-52
Luke 12:35-59
Psalm 78:56-64Proverbs 12:24

I am sure many of you, like me, have been spending time the past few weeks attempting to reflect or refocus your life. For me, I thought this time would allow me to pursue more of my personal music goals, better relationships with friends and family, and give me a chance to workout more. But those things haven’t happened the way I imagined. What I have noticed though is my lack of action was never because I didn’t actually have time, but instead because of the struggle that followed me into quarantine – fear. 

When I read about the Israelites, I think about their response to God and to those around them as a “fight or flight” mentality, and it seems like they always choose flight. My question then has always been, why won’t they stay and fight? Why would they scurry away and worship some idols and upset their Creator, especially when he has been so obviously good? If you’re like me, you probably read passages like this and think, “C’mon haven’t you learned?! Gosh, these people suck!” Immediately though, I realize my “oops” because I am exactly the same as them. 

Reading today’s scripture reminded me of the importance of diligence and how my Rock never fails. I need to choose “fight” and be confident because he is with me. If I’m not, how can He grow what He intends in me? How does He want me to use this strange but rare opportunity for him… and for me? Is it time for me to rekindle my relationship with my mom or friends that I feel have been drifting away? Maybe skill sets that I should be working on? Helping the Community? For you, how can you diligently push out your fear to pursue what God has called you to pursue?

Craig

To memorize:
Diligent hands will rule,
    but laziness ends in forced labor.
— Proverbs 12:24