Quiet Time With Jesus – Tug of War

Friday, 8 March 2019

The game ‘tug of war’ is a dangerous game. Two teams pull in one accord at opposite directions. The team that is unable to remain standing loses the game. The two forces that we face is something like a ‘tug of war’ game – resisting the pulling of the opposing team (the forces of darkness) and pulling in one accord (with the help of God’s ministering angels and the Holy Spirit).

When I was working in a non-Christian childcare centre, I was amazed by what a little girl did in class. She insisted on being the last in the line for every activity e.g. lining up to go out to play. I asked her why and she quoted a Bible verse: “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” (Matthew 20:16) I wonder what her little mind was thinking. Did she catch the true meaning of the Word?

In Singapore, children are taught to have a competitive spirit. Sports teams are trained to have team spirit – like ‘pulling in the same direction.’

In the same light, we are pulling in one accord – spiritually, not physically.

I would like to increase our awareness of things more important than our own advancement. In 2 Samuel 23:14-15, we read about David. David longed for a drink from the well in his hometown of Bethlehem but the Philistines occupied the area. Three of his warriors risked their lives and got the water for David to drink. But David couldn’t bring himself to drink it. Instead, he poured it out before the Lord, saying, “Is it not the blood of men who went at the risk of their lives?” (verses 16-17)

Someone might think, “What a waste! Your men risk their lives and you don’t appreciate it. You should honour them!”  

What are your thoughts? Share it with the Lord. Listen to the still small voice…

My Prayer 

Dear Father God,

I dare not say anything that I’m not sure of. There are many ways to look at a situation. Father God, I pray for all my brothers and sisters in Christ. Remind us to look to You for wisdom. Holy Spirit, speak through us – the truth in love – so that people around us may be edified, encouraged and enlightened. Thank You Father God!

Apostle Paul said, “In humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (Philippians 2:3-4)

Today, we are facing many challenging situations. Speak Lord. Your servants are listening. Amen.

Lam Yee Ling