WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS. No. 193
A SOFT UNDER-BELLY.
Animals in the wild have got to make
sure they don’t show their soft under-belly!
Their best defence is to keep their backs up, and never roll over. For instance, consider the crocodile. They have scales on their backs that are almost impossible to get through. Why even a man with a great sharp sword would find it impossible to get through the iron hard scales on the crocodile’s back. But it is a different story if the croc rolls over, and shows its soft under-belly. Its got scales on its belly, but they are not very thick and they are easy to get through. An enemy can bite through the belly real easy. It is the same with dogs at our homes. Their backs are hard and when they raise their hackles, it makes them pretty tough creatures. But if they lie down and show their soft under-bellies, they can be attacked and bitten up quick smart.
You and I have got to be sure we don’t
show our soft under-bellies too! I mean picture talk of course. We
have got to turn our tough backs to the world, and never roll over. Some
people think they can handle everything in life on their own. They think
it is important to be tough by depending on themselves, but that is not
a good idea. It is like a crocodile showing its soft under-belly, and it
is dangerous. Our defence as Christian believers is Jesus Christ Himself.
We have to depend on Him. He is our strength and defence. Here is
a Bible verse, it is really a promise:
“...for when I am weak, then am I strong. “ (II Corinthians 12:10).
Here is another one:
“Finally, my brethren [ brothers and sisters }, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” (Ephesians 6:10).
Hey, how can someone be weak and strong at the same time? Well, it means that as we believers live from day to day all sorts of things come our way, some are troubles. God allows us to have problems so we can see we need Him to care for us. We get really weak in ourselves, and say to God, “You will have to look after me and do things for me, for I am too weak in myself to handle things.” And, here is the secret of being strong in our spirits. THE LORD JESUS handles problems for us, and we become STRONG in Him. We have our strong backs up, not our soft under-bellies. It is OK to feel we can’t cope, because then we let Jesus do things for us. Some kids think it is best to handle all their problems by themselves. They reckon it is weakness to trust God and pray about their lives and troubles. But that is really showing their soft under-bellies and they soon get defeated by sin and Satan. You and I have to learn every day to let Jesus make us strong in our spirits. Here is more of II Corinthians 12:
“ And he [
Jesus ] said unto me, My grace [ power given for free ] is sufficient for
thee [ enough for all your needs ] : for my strength is made perfect in
weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities [
my problems that make me weak ] , that the power of Christ may rest upon
me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches [ people
being nasty because we are Christians ], in necessities [ things coming
up that are problems we must find answers for ], in persecutions [ being
attacked because we belong to God ], in distresses [ upsetting things ]
for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong .”
(II Corinthians 12:10).
BE STRONG IN THE LORD, don’t show your
soft under-belly! Your soft under-belly is being strong in yourself - and
you will always get defeated that way.
“Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.”