What a great motto for living, huh?! I love this motto most days. Flexibility is a quality to be encouraged and championed. It keeps us sane when things do not go as planned.
Lately I’ve been thinking about this motto with fresh perspective. When is flexibility NOT a good thing?
Answer: Flexibility is NOT a good thing if I let my circumstance dictate my level of faith in God.
I’ve been asking myself where I have allowed my circumstances to weaken my resolve and faith in God’s promises. When have I said, “Since God hasn’t ___________, it must not be His plan so I won’t contend for ____________ any longer.”?
Then it hit me…When was the last time that I prayed for healing for my son Bret?
I couldn’t remember.
Many of you know, my son Bret has moderate hearing loss. Having hearing aides is great but they only help him to a point. They can’t be worn when he is at recess, on the baseball field, in the rain, in an excessively noisy room, etc. Hearing loss has created all sorts of other life altering symptoms. He gets misunderstood on a daily basis. He has difficulty making and keeping friends. He has to work harder than everyone else to hear and some days it just gets the best of him (and me). It’s just not the life I want for him and there’s nothing I can do about it. I can’t think about it too long because my heart begins to ache with deep sadness.
I think that is why I stopped praying about it. It hurts too much.
For reasons only He knows, God hasn’t healed Bret yet. I used to pray hard for God to heal him but somehow, in the 5 years since his diagnosis, I flexed in my resolve to contend for the miracle. I allowed the circumstance to dictate my level of resolve and faith.
I need to remember something important about God. He never changes! Because of His unmovable nature, I can (and must) remain inflexible in my resolve to trust him.
Scripture resounds with this essential truth: God never changes. In theology this attribute of God is called immutability. Consider these verses:
Malachi 3:6 I am the Lord, and I do not change.
Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?
Psalm 102: 27 But you are always the same; you will live forever.
James 1:17 Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
The fact that God is immutable can change everything about our faith. These Scriptures are meant to help us remember that our circumstances don’t get the final say.
We can keep standing on His promises and live for Him in the face of anything. We can see those things that are not, yet, as if they are. We can be unmoved (inflexible) by our difficulties. We can stand firm in our faith.
I still have no idea when or even if God will heal Bret on this side of heaven. But, because God doesn’t change, I will keeping contending. As the Psalmist declares, “I will not be moved.”
Where have you weakened in your resolve to trust in God? What prayers have you stopped praying because God hasn’t answered you?
Where there is despair, let hope arise again. Where there is doubt, let faith reign in you. Allow the immutable, unshakeable, unchanging God strengthen your heart.