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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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May 6, 2010 - Superman?

By Jerry Scott

Yesterday I wanted to be Superman! Just for a day or two I would enjoy having his unique qualities. Forget the flying. It would be fun, but basically useless. It’s the ability to work fast, to be unstoppable, and his invincibility that appeal to me. There are a few challenges sitting on the periphery of my life that I’d like to wipe away with a single swing of super strength. Yes, I know, it’s just a story, but we all slip into daydreams occasionally.

Since this Clark Kent isn’t going to be a superhero, I chose another guy for inspiration today — Eleazar, son of Dodai. Never heard of him? He gets a couple of lines in the Bible that are memorable to me. In the Book of 2 Samuel, there is a review of the “mighty men” who stood with David, Israel’s warrior king. One of the men of renown is the aforesaid Eleazar. His big moment in life is included in the list. “Eleazar son of Dodai the Ahohite … was with David when they taunted the Philistines gathered [at Pas Dammim] for battle. Then the men of Israel retreated, but he stood his ground and struck down the Philistines till his hand grew tired and froze to the sword” (2 Samuel 23:9,10, NIV).

That’s quite a line, “froze to the sword”! The other soldiers retreated as the Philistines advanced, but Eleazar stood his ground, unwilling to give an inch, swinging his sword in deadly arcs that continued, over and over, until dead and wounded enemies lay around him. As the din of battle subsided when the Philistines finally broke and ran, the Israelite warriors crept back to see their friend standing there exhausted and bloody. Most remarkably, he was unable to release his grip on his sword! Eleazar wouldn’t give up.

It’s silly to dream about being Superman, but I can aspire to be an Eleazar. Even if those who stand alongside of me retreat from the battle of life — the struggle to carry forward God’s kingdom — it is my aspiration to keep swinging the “sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). I want to finish with my grip on His truth intact and my love for His will the overarching quality of my life. How about you?

Challenges will keep coming. When we beat back one temptation, another arises. When we solve one problem, another appears. Master a skill, and new demands will require yet more adaptation. That’s the nature of life! We have only a brief respite to savor a victory before the next wave rolls toward us. There is a promise for would-be Eleazars. God, the Spirit, never leaves us on our own. We need not try to stand in our strength. The Word says that He will “strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:16-19).

As I dealt with my Superman fantasy yesterday, I knelt to pray and took the offer of my Savior’s strength, thanking Him that He would not let me fall, asking Him for level ground and steady endurance. If you’re weary, let me encourage you to do the same. Thank Him, renew your appreciation of His grace, breathe in the life and love of Christ, and then stand “til your hand freezes to the sword”!

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Washington (N.J.) Assembly of God.

 

 

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