Bouncing Back

Have you felt knocked around lately?

When I was a child, I loved those inflatable punching toys. Each one was decorated with a clown face and stood about 2 ½ feet high. The bottom was weighted. I could punch it, and it would rock, but it always bounced right back to the upright starting position. No matter how hard I hit, its grinning face bounced right back up. The weight at the bottom grounded and stabilized it.

As a Christian in this world, I sometimes feel like that punching toy. I get knocked around spiritually, and I wonder – how can I maintain a Christian life, a godly attitude, a righteous lifestyle in a world that has turned its back on God? How can I live a stable Christian life?

On some days it seems impossible.

Yet as I read through scripture, I find many, many examples of people who did just that (ours is not the first generation to face a world gone awry). These people were not perfect, and the Bible does not present them as such, but they were people chasing God, seeking His way, and their lives reflected this.

Think of

Abraham – called out of a heathen culture to be the father of a nation for God

Joseph – slave, servant, prisoner, ruler in Egypt

Moses – reared in Egypt to become the leader of God’s obstinate people

Elijah – called to a spiritual battle against one of the most wicked queens in history

Esther – married to a heathen monarch

David – shepherd boy called to the throne of Israel; chased and threatened by kings and nations

Daniel – faithful servant of God as he served tyrant kings

Paul – missionary to the first century pagan cultures across the middle east

Each of these heroes of the faith maintained their faith in God though presented with what seemed like insurmountable challenges and hurts. Yet they are only of few who demonstrate that God is able to keep and use those who commit their lives to Him – no matter the circumstances of life that they face.

What is the secret though? How did these men and women manage?

How can I manage a consistent and fruitful Christian life?

I believe David nailed the secret in Psalm 16.

“I have set the Lord always before me: because He is at my right hand I SHALL NOT BE MOVED.” (emphasis mine)  Psalm 16:8

How can I stay faithful in an unfaithful world? How can I bounce back time and again when the punches come?

Keep my eyes – my heart focus – on Jesus. ALWAYS!

He is my strength. He is my fortress. He is my Redeemer!

He is the weight, the grounding force that stands me back up no matter what the world throws at me. And just like the punching toy always came back up grinning, verse nine of Psalm 16 says

“Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.”

He stands me back up with joy and perseverance to face another day.

Psalm 16:11 Thou wilt show me the path of life: in Thy presence is fulness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Photo – Rooted and Grounded, Beth Mims

Comments

4 comments on “Bouncing Back”
  1. Latrelle Elliott says:

    Inspired, encouraging thoughts and great supporting scriptures!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. gracespeaker says:

      It is always good to hear from you!! ❤️

      Like

  2. Nancy Ruegg says:

    My attention is often drawn to Psalm 16:11, about the fullness of joy in God’s presence, but now I’m drawn to verse 8 also. Such soul-strengthening truths: 1) God is always before us–leading the way, providing encouragement, support, and wisdom. 2) He is at our right hand as our Protector, our Provider. 3) I have no reason to go elsewhere–HE provides for all my needs. Thank you, Beth, for the encouragement today!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. gracespeaker says:

      I love your summary! Thanks for stopping by and reading!

      Liked by 1 person

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