I mentioned in my last post about going fishing while on my trip. Well, if you read that you know that there was some bad with it. However, that is much better now. But, I guess, like some of the Star Wars and such, I talked about the last part before the first. While there, yes, as you know, I went salmon fishing. I know I went a couple times as a young child, but I don’t personally remember catching any but did see the adults catch some and I remembered that the fish fought pretty hard. I have fished for all kinds of fish, mostly in ponds and lakes, some in streams and rivers, a little surf and deep sea fishing. But, I really don’t remember any fighting as hard as the salmon did when hooked.
When I was fishing, sometimes they would barely nibble, other times they would grab the bait or lure hard and it was on. Once on the line, they would fight, sometimes not too much, but usually they fought pretty good. Sometimes, they fought REALLY HARD, heading in the other direction, diving deep, suddenly take off a different direction and jump out of the water. It was a lot of fun to see them jump like that. Sometimes, they would seem to be nearly exhausted and one could reel them in almost to the bank and suddenly they would take off again and the fight was on again. Eventually, either they would finally tire out and could be landed or at times, thankfully only a few the fish would be lost when they would manage to either throw the hook or break the line.
Now, as I thought about the fishing, how they fought, resisted, but with rare exceptions eventually succumbed and were landed; I got to thinking about how I and I suspect most Christians are when it comes to confessing our sins and asking for forgiveness. Now, obviously, fish do not have a happy ending when they are landed, but Christians, well, life is much better for us when we do, but, back to my initial thoughts. I know that I, for a long time, felt convicted about things, mostly that, even if no “big sins” I wasn’t living a Christian life and God was reminding me of that. But, I fought him, in my mind I justified the wrong I was doing, I convinced myself that it was fine to not go to church, not pray, not read the Bible. I fought against God. I resisted His convictions to do as I should. I would ALMOST decide to go to church, read the Bible, pray; but I would not quite do it. I fought against Him.
How many of us have done that? Most I suspect are in the same situation. Not doing the right thing for God and ourselves. Convincing ourselves we are okay to stay in the stream, stay in the life we are currently living, even though we know that He has a better life to offer us. He puts the “bait” of salvation, forgiveness and life eternal there right in front of us and sometimes we ignore it, or nibble at it, but won’t take it. Then, when we start to do so, we reject Him, we spit out the bait. Yet, Christ does not give up on us. If the bait is gone, He is patient and will put more bait on the hook and start all over again. When we resist Him, He does not simply yank hard, but maintains that steady love and patience, showing us that He has a better way for us, that we will not become exhausted if we follow Him. He gives us the free will to run from Him, while He knows the truth that we will be better if we didn’t run from him. The pain that comes with the convictions and knowledge of our sins, our guilt, won’t be felt if we follow His lead and let Him “land us” by accepting Him as the son of God, confess our sins, ask Him for the forgiveness that He offers.
Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. Romans 13:2
And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake. Acts 6:10
So, when we resist Him, we condemn ourselves, but He promises that we will not be able to always resist the wisdom of the Spirit.
He is such an amazing God and Savior. No matter how hard we resist the truth of His word, His grace and mercy, He continues to try to lead us back to Him. So that WE have rewards beyond measure.
Lord, I praise You and thank You for all the mercy You show me and that despite my resistance You did not give up. You at times gently lead me to You and at other times were more harsh in how You tried to bring me to salvation by allowing hardships and challenges that I suffered alone because of my stubbornness. But, You did not quit loving me. I thank You so much for Your patience, love and forgiveness. I know I am not always the man I should be, but with Your love, guidance and grace I am getting closer to who You would have me to be for Christ’s glory. I pray in Jesus Name that You continue Your work in me, that You help me better know the mind of Christ that I be a better example of His work in me. I ask that You draw me and my loved ones closer to You and show us all Your love, mercy and the salvation You have for us. Show us all Your plan for our lives so we know what to do and that You break down the resistance to Your will and way for us and instead of resisting You we succumb to Your perfect way. I thank You for the gift of salvation and forgiveness, paid for through the sacrifice and blood of Jesus when He was crucified and suffered to pay the price of my sins.
Thanks to all for your time today. I hope all have a blessed day and are able to be a blessing to someone else as well. Oh, by the way, I had some near opposite thoughts on fishing so check back in the next few days for the other analogy.