And I myself will be a wall of fire around it, declares the LORD, and I will be its glory within. Zechariah 2:5
I may have found 900 things that became major priority items, that of course required my immediate attention in the short distance between my bedroom and my garage (in which my treadmill resides) early this morning. This may be why a gym membership has never gone over so well with me. If I get into my car with the best intentions of driving myself to the treadmill I most certainly can find a million and one other destinations that will most definitely trump the gym that beckons only with promises of sweat, stink, pain, and agony that hangs on for days (well maybe it wouldn’t if I frequented it more often, but that’s another blog post… moving on.)
Although I did (for the record) make it to the treadmill this morning the fight against the call to bail out was a workout all in itself! Ever been there? Fighting the call to just, bail out?!
In 1 Samuel 25 it tells the story of a beautiful and intelligent woman named Abigail (vs. 31). She was married to a man named Nabal which quite literally means, fool or senseless (poor girl). In this chapter David and his men provided protection for Nabal’s people. Verse 16 states, Night and day they were a wall around us all the time we were herding our sheep near them. However Nabal returned the favor with foolish unkindness that caused David and 400 of his men to go out on a mission; May God deal with David, be it ever so severely, it by morning I leave alive one male of all who belong to him! (vs. 22).
Now in verse 14 one of Nabal’s servants relays to Abigail the impending situation of doom. Being married to a fool this is probably not the first time her husband has brought down catastrophy on the whole clan, notice the servant comes to Abigail and not Nabal for help. Abigail is now faced with a decision… does she sit back and accept the doom, I mean, 400 mighty men along with David are coming to annihilate them and she is only one little women. She could think, my husband is a fool maybe it’s just God’s will, maybe I should just bail out and accept this fate.
If Abigail was tempted to bail out she gave it no food for thought as verse 18 states Abigail lost no time. She immediately set no choice before her but to try and save her people, fool and all! I can take a lesson from this girl right here when faced with another opportune moment to just “bail out”. 2 Corinthians 10:5 states, We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. Jesus, help me to take every thought captive to make it obedient to You! For You too have shown me how to remain steadfast in the face of a possible “bail out” moment.
In Matthew 26:36-46 the account of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane is recorded. Three times Jesus asks the Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. (verse 39). And each time He resolves, Yet not as I will, but as you will. (vs. 39). Now Jesus is about to take the cross in our place and His soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. (verse 38).
In Matthew 26:53-54 when the soldiers come to arrest Jesus and take Him out of the garden He says, Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way? So when the betrayer came Jesus said, Rise, let us go! (verse 46) and went out to face him giving Himself up according to His Fathers will to save us.
Jesus could have called down 60,000 angels to get Him out of the cross!! I’d totally call that a major bail out option!! Good golly can you imagine! I’m like, treadmill…. OR ride with 60,000 angels…hmmmm. It’s a good thing saving the world wasn’t rested on MY shoulders!!
Jesus please give me a steadfast heart and mind to do Your will, for You say the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Matt. 24:13 It wasn’t easy for You but you took the cross and rose again to save me (John 3:16). Reading to the end of the 25th chapter of 1 Samuel, I see that Abigail would have missed out on being married to King David had she bailed out. You say that what no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived are the things you have prepared for us who love You (1 Cor. 2:9). In the mean time like David provided a wall of protection for Nabal’s men help me to rest in the promises of protection within Your Word. To wait for You, to be strong, to take heart and wait for You knowing that You will be like a wall of fire around me so that I can choose to fix my eyes on Your glory and not bail out of Your promised Kingdom.
Independent Read: John 3:16, Psalm 27:14, Isaiah 41:10