Cooled by the breezes of the Mediterranean, in a house made from the mud bricks of the Nile River, deep in the beautiful Rameses valley in Egypt the patriarch Jacob rests on a couch, nearing the end of his life. His son Joseph arrives bringing with him his two sons and asking that they be blessed by their grandfather. Genesis Chapter 48 records his words:
For forty days, every morning, and every afternoon, a drunk giant had screamed curses at the king and his band of warriors… and not one man was willing to tell him to shut up. Forty days! He stood in front of thousands of men in a battle-hardened army and said, “Give me a man, that we may fight!” The entire army was intimidated. The giant was asking the thousands of warriors, “IS THERE NOT A MAN THAT WILL STAND AND FIGHT?” The world is seeking that answer today.
Jesus’ brother James taught us, “Obstacles make you larger.” He taught us as men not to resist the pain of becoming a larger man. He said, “When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.” King David, as a young man, is perhaps our best example of how to endure a deep, wounding pain and allow God to turn it into greatness, largeness. Catch how this applies to you.
Life is full of traps. Some we see, and still walk into them. Others are unseen and we are surprised when captured by them. Regardless of whether we are caught or not, they are all around us every day. I’m no golf pro, but I know about traps, so let me coach you a little.
The trap right now is making New Year’s resolutions. Don’t just make a resolution—start a habit. And here’s the habit to start: make decisions against yourself.