Thursday, June 23, 2011
JUNE 23 "SIR, YOU'RE WAY TO NONCHALANT!"
We are way to "nonchalant" about life and to willing to accept circumstances as they are. If there's one principle we can learn from this story of the Shunammite woman is things don't always have to be the way they are. We have two individuals, two parents in this story. If it were left solely to the father, this boy would have remained dead. The father would have grieved, thought it was unfortunate and always wondered why God let his son die at such an early age. The father is the nonchalant believer who just takes what life throws at him and rolls with the punches. Nonchalant means, indifferent, dispassionate, blase, detached....but probably the best definition is "dispassionate". This is a scary characteristic of any individual, even more so, a believer in God. We are way to nonchalant about our walk with God and the circumstances of life. The Shunammite woman, the mother, is a woman of passion. She is the direct opposite of her husband and aren't you glad, I know the boy must be. The difference between passion and no passion can be life and death. Life to those that possess it, death to those that don't. Are you proud of your laid back, laissez-faire attitude about life. Perhaps it prevents you from getting too down and low in life, but it also prevents you from experiencing the great highs of victory! If I don't venture out for much, I will not be disappointed. If I don't believe for much, I will save myself from much let downs, but what a miserable way to live. It certainly is not the life God has called us to live. This man is clueless to his wife's passion and does not even understand why she is going to Elisha. Imagine how convicted (I hope) he was to see his son raised from the dead, restored to life because of his wife's passion, zeal and faith. I wonder if it sank in to this man that had it been left to his nonchalant ways, the boy would still be dead. What circumstances and events of life have been thrown at you that you simply accepted? I wonder if things could have been different if you had contended otherwise??? Will we reverse every catastrophe and hardship in life, I think not. But there are many that we can, if we will have passion, zeal and faith in God and not be so quick to simply accept what life throws at us. David fasted and prayed that his son would live, prayed and fasted that this catastrophe would be reversed...and it was not, his son still died, but David contended nevertheless. Our job is to contend and beleive God for reversals and then, and only then, accept what comes. If we have not done our job to contend, how then can we know and have a peace that things could not have been different. How would David ever have known if perhaps the boy could have lived had he not contended? We need to throw off this nonchalant attitude towards our Christian life and contend and fight for what we believe is ours, our heritage, our destiny, our blessing and our inheritance in life; and once we have contended, once we have fought, then we can rest, that the outcome is what was meant to be and nothing less. The Shunammite woman contended and got her son back, David contended and did not get his son back, but both exhibit that same spirit, the complete opposite of nonchalantness, to not simply accept the fate that life throws at us, and to always believe God for a miracle in the midst of catastrophe, tragedies, upsets and difficulties of life.