The Hard Place: Perils

We have been dealing with the hard place. We have previously considered what the prescribed disposition ought to be.

Last time I also mentioned that I intended to touch on the peril of the hard place. For this discussion, these perils are the peril of Prematurity and the peril of Abortion.

1 Samuel 14:18-20
[18]And Saul said unto Ahiah, Bring hither the ark of God. For the ark of God was at that time with the children of Israel.
[19]And it came to pass, while Saul talked unto the priest, that the noise that was in the host of the Philistines went on and increased: and Saul said unto the priest, Withdraw thine hand.
[20]And Saul and all the people that were with him assembled themselves, and they came to the battle: and, behold, every man’s sword was against his fellow, and there was a very great discomfiture.

The Peril of Prematurity.

By Prematurity, I mean acting before the set time. Sometimes, under the pressure of time, the apparent stress of waiting or the power of suggestion. We might find ourselves trying to force the issue, trying to make things happen. The danger herein lies that, when we succeed in doing so, we might not like the result.

Nature gives is a rich illustration of this truth. Think of the puppy or a kitten. A lot of people love them. They are tender and all that. But have you ever thought of what that little animal would have looked like if it was born two weeks before? It’d still be the animal that it is, the difference now is that there would hardly be any comeliness about it. Things are beautiful in their own time.

The Peril of Abortion

This is the peril of quitting because we think that we can’t hold on any longer or that the process is becoming too tedious. Or perhaps the hard place seems to be getting harder. This is the peril of turning back. Sometimes genuinely, for apparently no reason, things become difficult or so we think. And it might be that just when we are at that point of increased difficulty, the desired outcome is the next stop.

King Saul was a man like that, at turns of pressure, he aborted mission. He didn’t usually have a follow-through. From the first event that introduced him to the last event that brought us his conclusion, you don’t find Saul as a man that stuck it out.

Even more so, as the first anointed king of Israel, after his time, you hardly find any reference to him concerning subsequent kings. If you didn’t know better, you wouldn’t have known that Saul was ever king of Israel.

All through scriptures, you will find that men that faltered in the hard places, tended to do so when the pressure was on or when the opportunity was there.

What then is the way out? In one word is it Faith. The quiet assurance that things will go as spoken. I know it’s not the easiest of tasks. To shift from a ‘Seeing before we believe’ mode to a ‘Believing, therefore, we see’ mode. Such is our calling, and the Lord by the instrumentality of the Word and Spirit will bring help to us by his mercies. Remember that this is not a call to boldface, but unto humble dependence and acknowledgment.

Let’s feel free to cry out if and when we need to. With the Lord is Plenty of Mercy.

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