Action, boys! Action!
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“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” (Psalm 55:22)
In the 1987 classic movie, The Princess Bride, the hero Wesley is forced to his knees, his shoulder bloodied, and fate imminent. He looks up at his captor and with unmistakable confidence he says, “We are men of action. Lies do not become us.” Boom.
Are Christians men of action?
Sometimes the theological terms and rituals of faith can seem completely intellectual and, frankly, very dry. Is this faith thing all in my head? Do the words even mean anything? In reality, the words of the Bible are very physical in meaning and represent active concepts.
For example, the word “sanctification” is not simply a term that means “something inside changes slowly over time.” The word really comes from the Greek meaning to separate or set aside. It’s a division, like you divide the salad from the lasagna or the savings account from the spending.
Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you.” Cast, what does that mean? It’s the same “cast” that Joseph felt when his brothers threw him into a pit to be sold. Not a lot of affection there. Throw anxiety! Toss it like a bag of trash. Don’t think and rethink it, chuck it heaven high.
Psalm 22:8 says, “Commit yourself to the LORD.” Is commit a mental assent? Do we simply have to understand something about God? Perhaps it begins in the mind, but the word actually connotes rolling. It’s hard work to start a rock rolling, and once it’s going, it builds speed and momentum. Look out below, the servant of God is being sanctified and growing in righteousness! Kingdom of darkness beware!
We are men of action. We are gaining momentum as we are set apart, throwing our anxieties to God and trusting Him to deal mightily with them.
God, I don’t want to just sit and think of You. I want to run and fight and contend for You. Show me my place in the work You are doing. I’m suited up and ready. Amen.
Question: What action does your faith take?