Tension is part of our life. Tension if not confronted and dealt with will wear your out. If you are a believer, you have tension between right and wrong, good and bad. If you are a believer, you have tension between the flesh and the Spirit.
For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit,
and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh,
for these are opposed to each other,
to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
Let’s look at the life of Job. in the first couple of chapters, he loses his wealth, his children and his health.
His wife’s advice: “Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.” (2:9)
Job’s lament: ”After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.” (3:1)
What I find interesting is the word “hope” is used 19 times in 18 verses. Hope is used in both a positive sense and also in a sort of mocking sort of way.
The tension of Job’s life is between
hope and surrender –
belief and doubt –
staying and leaving –
trust and anger –
truth and feelings –
living and dying.
Hope & Surrender
Hope – patient endurance with great expectation.
Surrender – declaring defeat
Belief & Doubt
Belief – holding on to faith.
Doubt – second guessing everything.
Staying & Leaving
Staying – remaining spiritually grounded.
Leaving – looking for something else.
Trust & Anger
Trust – resting in God’s hand.
Anger – running from God’s presence.
Truth & Feelings
Truth – what has God promised?
Feelings – emotional responses.
Living & Dying
Living – continuing to get up everyday and being who and where God wants you to be.
Dying – removing yourself from God’s purpose.
I call heaven and earth to witness against you today,
that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse.
“What one generation tolerates the next will do in excess.”
John Wesley said it like this, “What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.” So the quote that I have heard and used must find its source in Wesley. This is a principle not a truth. A truth never changes while a principle generally applies. The only way this does not become a truth is for someone to break the chain. I am only 50 years old but this world has drastically changed over the past 50 years. It is extremely clear our nation has succumbed to this principle. However, our nation is only a reflection of our homes.
Parents Please Wake Up
It is within your power to be the exception, to break the chain. Don’t pass on a weaker faith, weaker home, weaker marriage, weaker leadership, weaker authority, weaker belief, weaker work ethic, weaker example to the next generation. The next generation is at stake.
What is it you expect God to do today? What is it you have prayed for? I am sure their is some desire in your heart that you have talked with God about. You live everyday with some Holy Expectations from God. Should he do it? Will he come through for you? Can you live, act and believe any old way you choose and your holy expectations be met? Consider what James wrote,
“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.” (James 1:5-7 NLT)
Don’t be divided today ask and believe, just be sure it is in His will.