He Who Kneels Before God Can Stand Before Anyone
Some of you may know that I go to a local gym several times per week. I have been going and working out for almost three years. I mainly go for the health benefits. Recently the gym owners did some remodeling. After the remodeling project was completed they wrote a quote from one of the “Rocky movies” on a large wall for all the members to see. You may already have seen (or heard) this quote but I think it’s worth a brief review.
“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” ― Sylvester Stallone / Rocky Balboa
When trouble comes, and it will come, we need to focus on moving forward and be assured that our Father has the ability to care for us in our time of need. I wrote an essay several months ago titled “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” I talked about how I handled some personal times of distress and difficulties. I mentioned I have always felt during the ‘down times’ and the times of distress and worries, that my Heavenly Father was aware of each situation. Thus, I usually had a fair amount of confidence that ‘everything was going to be alright’ even if it didn’t work out the way I wanted it to.
So now, even though evil surrounds each of us and tries to weaken our trust and conviction and tries to make us doubt ourselves, we’ve got to believe, in the long run, ‘everything’s gonna be alright’ because our Father loves us and He wants us to return home. However, we must remember to; pray for each other, stay on that narrow path, hold fast to the Truth, and continue in fervent prayer.
Because life goes on until ‘the end’ we must endure to live life (in this hell) the best we can, day in and day out, living in these old wineskins. I know many of us are struggling in life because of past and current life events. It seems suffering is to be part of our ‘end time’ existence here on earth. Won’t it be great when we no longer have to deal with all the physical problems of this life?
We are familiar with the biblical figure ‘Daniel’. He was a man of prayer, this was an attitude he maintained – an intense prayer lifestyle. The more we pray the more we see the hand of God in our challenges. The intensity of Daniels prayer is evident in Daniel 6:10 (KJV) “ Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.”
Daniel was a man publicly celebrated because of his relationship with God. Obviously his unbroken prayer routine, his strong determination in spite of the new decree and his moral willpower and wisdom are all traceable to his faithfulness to God. I firmly believe, as I think Daniel did, that ‘He who Kneels before God can Stand before Anyone’.
As we get closer to the ‘harvest’ (shearing …) troubles may increase. Our response must be ‘prayer’. I believe that our time here is very, very limited. If we watch the news we see terrible things going on all over the world – I would list them but it would take too much space, but you know what I mean. Just FYI; there soon could be a whole lot of shaking going on. Hopefully we are all prepared.