Stronger on My Knees
God brings us things sometimes that drive us to our knees.
It’s tough being the type of Christian that God wants me to be. I don’t know why I am surprised at this. Jesus said that the way to follow Him was narrow and that many would not be able to make it. He said that I would have to deny myself and take up my cross to follow Him. Being a disciple of Christ is so much more than being baptized or being a church member or simply saying the sinner’s prayer. Being a disciple of Christ is hard work.
I am convinced that there are two types of Christians: the ones who know just enough to be saved and the ones who have an earnest desire to be remade into the image of Christ. The first group has accepted Jesus and then goes forward with their life trying to do the best they can to live like it. The second group realizes that they can’t be like Christ without some radical remaking taking place.
Therein lies the difficulty. When Jimmy said that God brings us things sometimes that drive us to our knees, it resonated with me this week. I once heard a preacher say that you are either in a storm, coming out of a storm or heading into a storm. Right now I am in the midst of a storm that has put holes in my jeans and calluses on my knees. This time, however, I am not despairing.
This time, there is a change in me. I know that my present storm is necessary, even good for me. This storm is there because God is using it to reshape me, yet again. This storm is driving me to my knees because I have exhausted every option in my feeble mind. I know that all I can do is fall down before my Creator and raise my hands and wait for His voice.
Would I rather be standing on my own two feet? Absolutely! But I also know that I am most able to be shaped by God’s hand when I kneel and submit at His feet.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, I urge you to allow God to shape you into the image of Jesus. Allow the circumstances that drive you to your knees to be the catalyst that drives you closer to God. Allow His gentle and to smooth away anything that is of you and replace it with all of Him. Be willing to be remade and be ready for where He leads you. When your time of struggle is finished and He picks you up from your knees, know that you will be a little bit closer to where He wants you to be.
Father, help me to recognize that you should be the first place I should turn to, not the last. Help me to rely on you for my strength and my peace. Give me direction through the storms that life throws at me and help me to be obedient to you when the rain blows away. In Jesus Name, Amen.