In Part 1 of Boxing with God: A Good Idea?, I noted that there will be times when you feel like thwarting a rebuke or request from God. Your best bet, generally, is to accept the discipline or act upon the divine directive. I discussed:
- Rebuked Children of God
- Trust He who Disciplines You
- All Things: The good, bad, and ugly
Membership has its privileges
What are the ‘member rewards’ of being an occasionally-rebuked child of God? His protection. The ‘name of the Lord is a strong tower’. The righteous will be safe in it. Moreover, scripture tells us, in Isaiah 54:17 (NIV):
No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me, declares the LORD.
Use your two arms to hug Him, not box with Him! Put on your garment of praise; remember who will be by your side all the rest of your days. The Lord is your Shepherd; you shall not want. God provides blessed assurance, not just wobbly insurance! Sorry State Farm, but our God is better than ‘a good neighbor’.
He’s there and faithfully cares. While he’s faithful to those who ‘delight in him’, he may not always be fair. Frankly, some of the trials you and I, as Christians, face are not easy, fun, or remotely enjoyable! Read Romans 8 and Ecclesiastes 3 to help put this in perspective. Again, know your arms are too short to box with God.
- Hug and hear him.
- Converse with Him often; rebuff Him rarely.
- He knows you and sees the best in you.
- He’ll never leave his faithful children in a troubled place . . . without making a way for them to get out. Trouble don’t last always!
- Know how to think and behave, and who to trust and follow (God), when you’re in any storm – career, financial, medical, or personal. The devil is a liar. Resist temptations.
In closing, love the Lord . . . even when confronted with a rebuke or unexpected, undesirable request from him. Worship him. Praise him when he blesses you and shows you his goodness and mercy.
Know that, if he loves you, he will chastise you from time to time. Never chastised, never blessed.
See storms as opportunities, not obstacles. See God as the blessed assurer that he is. If you do, you’ll hold onto his unchanging hand – and never even think of boxing with him. As we learn from Paul (Romans 8) and Isaiah: If God is for you, no one can be against you; no weapon formed against you shall prosper. He may occasionally rebuke you, but he always has your back too. Just remember what to do with your arms!
Grace, mercy, and peace to you.