Audio Adrenaline had a great tune way back when I was just graduating high school called “Man of God”. The lyrics were completely stripped of any sort of pretension, appealing to that starkly honest side of me.
The song as a whole is wonderful. So much to say about remaining humble and bound by grace. Highly recommend it. ☺
But there’s a particular small snippet of it that resonates with me to this day:
Sometimes, I don’t feel good. It’s hard to start the day.
It’s hard to climb the obstacles that sometimes come my way.
If I make it, I’m a good man.
Am I a bad man if I fail?
Yeah, I know… a really positive section, right? 😏 Why would I leave off there, of all places?
Not exactly uplifting, to be sure- that part comes in the chorus-but I highlight this piece for a couple of reasons today:
1. I feel the Lord told me to. And, well, obedience to Him should be a given, right?
2. It’s exactly where I am at many a morning. And I venture to guess I am not alone in that less- than-enthused/pain-free rise to greet the day. 😏
You see, I long to be excited in the Lord at the opening of my day. My body and my brain are often a bit more sluggish, however. The question is one I ask a lot, too-
Am I bad if I fail?
But, rather than hold that in as if the doubts and the draggy feet don’t exist, I find just being open with it all gives me untold strength.
For there is surprising power in the truthfulness of our struggle.
As long as we don’t just sink down and stay there!
Psalm 46:10-11 AMP says:
Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth!
The Lord of Hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold (our refuge, our tower).
That is one amazing declaration right there!
The Lord of Hosts is with us.
Puny little, joint-crackling, bedheaded, grumbling us. 😊
Our stronghold. Our refuge.
All He asks of us is to be still and know it.
Now, be excited because of it, yes!
But, not a phony, put-on-a-happy-face, grit-your-teeth-privately sort of excitement.
That is just a recipe for a crash-and-burn.
Rather, it’s an in-spite-of-it-all joy from these tired bones that simply spills over wherever you are.
That rubber-meets-the-road, genuine faith is what the world needs to see, more than anything.
Because that tested and tried comes of knowing Him. Really knowing Him.
And the stillness?
That’s not about being inert, huddled down in your pillows, giving yourself permission not to greet the day period.
God doesn’t pat your head and then just let you bury it.
Rather, that stillness is the peace found in residing in the tower of God, recognizing that, yes, we cannot do it in our own pitiful strength.
That we need to take it all to Him.
Doubts, draggy feet and all.
And then, trusting Him to do what He will with it all.
Staying in that level of truthfulness is what lends to us the ability to scale one obstacle after the next.
And, best of all, the chance to direct the downtrodden to the Source. ☺
Prayers and blessings, dear friends. May we take it all, both the good and not-so-good, to The Lord of Hosts, every day.