Friday: 12th October, 2018
Reference text : Luke 11:15-26
Luke 11:21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his estate, his possessions are secure.
The idiom ‘you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink’, is often used to explained to mean: you can present someone with an opportunity or an advantage, but you cannot make them do something they don’t want to. In other words, once a person has no interest in other options, but have their minds fixed on doing a particular thing, no amount of persuasion or incentive can convince them to do otherwise.
Today’s Gospel text about a strong man guarding his house, is one many are familiar with. However, when one takes a very surgical approach and breaks down this text, paying particular attention to the positions of commas; another distinct message stands out. ‘Even though a man may be strong, fully armed and equipped, those features alone are no guarantee that his possessions will be safe’. There is the third component ‘he must be guarding his house’.
Many people are tempted to believe or think that once a person has all the resources they need at their disposal, that is it- case settled; that is a big deception. Everything that needs to be done, has to start with a thought – an intention. When that aspect is missing, the vastness of one’s resources mean very little because a fully armed man can stand and watch his estate being plundered if there is no desire to protect it.
So beloved, God stands with you ready to fight for and with you, but there has to be a fire in your heart. A zeal and a passion to want to protect the things that matter to you- your relationship, your family, your present, your future; the list goes on. Sweetheart, those are part of your estate, and if you have no intention or desire to guard them, you will end up looking on while they are looted. Then what was the use of the weapons and strength you possessed?
Remember # weapons for defence are only useful when they are used to defend- don’t just be a watcher.