By Ron Day
Several years ago while living in East Tennessee, I decided to do something I had never done before. I built my first deck ever on the back of our house. It’s true that I’m not the handiest fella in the world, but my dad had raised me to do things for myself and lo and behold, I pulled it off. However, while digging the post holes I discovered something. What I discovered is that some snakes live under ground. I guess most of them do, but I’m not exactly a snake expert, I’m just terrified of them. It’s a completely unreasonable fear—no seriously. Anyway, I was digging the post hole and hit a snake. It was not a premeditated attack, just a simple accident, but the snake did not know this and assumed a defensive posture—ok, that’s how I remember it anyway. When I saw the snake, I pretty much went on auto-pilot. I know this because I could hear myself crying and screaming in terror and when I had opened my eyes I had completely killed the snake… a lot. Don’t judge me. This was not the time for rational thought. After I recovered, I continued work on the deck, and two days later it was completed with some help from my dad. At the time it seemed like an isolated event, and I went on with the work that had to be done.
Here’s the thing. God will use some of the strangest things in our lives to teach us important lessons. God showed me that the deck was a representation of my life; still under construction. It wasn’t where I wanted it to be, but it wasn’t where it was when I began either. Just like me! I’m not complete yet. However, sometimes during the process of God working on us, the enemy will show up. But, if we surrender to God and close our eyes and allow Him to have His way, He will rebuke the enemy for us. We see this in James 4:7 “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” The battle truly is not ours, it’s God’s. Too often we want to come to our own defense or fight our own battles, but there is scripture that is both prescriptive and descriptive found in Exodus 14:14, “The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” That can be really difficult. However, there is a concept that is undeniable and threaded throughout the Bible and that is … Only in the Kingdom of God does Surrender result in Victory!