Blessed Are The Flexible
September 23, 2022

Today’s 333 Devotional: “Blessed Are The Flexible”

I’d like to share some pointers for our Christian lives from the track and field sport of pole-vaulting, and how we can live our lives over the bar, rather than underneath it.

The first step is to make sure that we’re flexible.

In pole vaulting, the pole must flexible enough to bend and not break, but also not too flexible where it will bend but give no lift. The key is to have the right flexibility.

One of my favorite sayings is “Blessed are the flexible, for they will not be broken.”

In the Bible we find this unwillingness to bend in many ways like when Pharaoh hardened his heart. The consequences were ten plagues, with the last one being the death of first born, and finally God wiping out the Egyptian army at the Red Sea.

But Israel wasn’t immune from such hardness. God continued to call them “stiff-necked,” and “hard-hearted,” and the consequences were severe. God allowed their enemies to rule over them, and then Babylon came and took them away as captives.

And it’s such consequences that are waiting for all those who’ve harden their hearts toward God, refusing to bend and obey.

In Proverbs 29:1 it says, “A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed–without remedy.”

The Apostle Paul said, “But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when His righteous judgment will be revealed.” (Romans 2:5)

Because the people were unwilling to bend to God’s word, will, and ways, the Apostle Paul was saying that they were in fact condemning themselves.

Evan Roberts found the truth of this principle and said a prayer that changed his life as well as the country of Wales and the world as revival swept across this earth.

He prayed, “Lord, bend me.”

Therefore, to live our lives above the bar, we need to be flexible and bendable to God.

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