Proverbs 29:24 “Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not.”
The Word of God thrusts us into uncomfortable situations and circumstances.
We are confronted with our sinful condition and offered a choice – Heaven or Hell. Quite a stark contrast. Then, when told of the full work of redemption by the Son of God offered to all as a gift, we can see our way clear to escape.
Once saved, we are confronted with decisions that form our spiritual growth as a child of God. Almost every step of the way is fraught with confrontation and decisions to make.
We are confronted with the first step of obedience to baptism.
We are called to be a witness of the grace of God given to us.
The command to be holy.
We are commanded to put off the old man and put on the new.
We are confronted with the realization of our dependence wholly on God to lead and guide us through this life.
To approach each decision armed only with our intelligence, strength, and willpower, we will fail miserably.
Knowing what God has commanded, He will enable us to do.
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ“
Philippians 2:13 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
In my reading today, I was reminded of how uncomfortable it is to confront someone.
As a newly saved child of God, I knew that my drinking alcohol was not pleasing to God, and I needed to stop. I was at a point where I could not extinguish the taste for it on my tongue. I tried and failed so many times that I was ready to accept that that is who I was.
Once saved, I asked God to remove that taste from my tongue. I told Him I would do what was within my power, and He would have to make up for my lack. Those first days, weeks, and maybe even months were not easy. They got more comfortable each time I decided to stick with God instead of giving in.
Those days did not come without their tests and trials.
The first Thanksgiving after I became a child of God, we hosted our family celebration at our house. By this time, my family knew that ‘something’ had happened to their brother and son. I requested that under no circumstances, there was to be NO alcohol brought into our home.
Everyone abided with that request except one. As I greeted my brother-in-law at the door, he was holding two boxes of wine. I asked him kindly to return them to his car. He said, “What, am I not welcome in your home?”
I said, “You are, but the wine is not.”
He balked, complained, and became agitated. My sister came out and diffused the situation, but on the inside, I was trembling.
As each situation regarding alcohol confronted me, I found it easier to refuse.
One particular trial came when one of my coworkers cursed, swore, and took the Lord’s name in vain. My spirit was so grieved, and I could not let it go. The Holy Spirit prompted me to say something. I feared that the confrontation would escalate.
It was then that God gave me an idea that has stuck with me ever since.
I asked my coworker if I could talk to him about something.
I told him that I have recently become a Christian. In doing so, that very name means so very much to me. I asked him how he would feel if I told him that his wife or mother was a whore. He became agitated and said that we wouldn’t be talking, but fighting.
I said, “That is how I feel when you take the name of the Lord in vain in my presence.”
His shoulders fell, and he said, “My wife has been telling me I need to stop because the kids are hearing and learning bad behavior.”
I said, “I can’t make you stop, but could you, in my presence, make an effort to know how it affects me and try not to say it?”
From that day forward, he did try, and I was able to give him the gospel many times after that.
When God gets involved, we cannot even imagine how He will bring about a resolution. We fear because we cannot see the end or control the results. Faith must help us to see that God will do what He promised and that we must do our part.
The warning of this verse in Proverbs tells me that if I do not speak up, I am guilty as if I were the one cursing. We need to stand up for God. Not in anger or condemnation.
If they are unsaved, they do not know any better. If saved, they are in bondage to a sin from which God can and will set them free.
Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
We must have the spirit of restoration. We must approach with a submissive spirit. We must handle it in such a way we would desire someone dealing with us.
Galatians 6:1-2 “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.”
Confrontation is never easy, but the fruit of it can be to the glory of God when we allow Him to take over the situation and handle it in faith and the spirit of meekness.
Ask God for boldness for those situations and circumstances that arise in our life. We must not let the opportunities pass because of fear. Let’s stand in faith and see what God can do!