Frontline Moms, I must admit I am not a football expert. We played “touch” football in mandatory girls’ P.E. in high school, but I must confess that I flunked out. But I have spent some time watching football on TV with my very athletic husband, so does that count?
Picture the Monday night football game. The running back is sprinting toward the goal line with the ball carefully protected in his arms. He is wise and bold in his manuevers yet cautious. Since he understands the strong likelihood that he will encounter a linebacker before he hits the endline, he is guarding the ball well. Experience has taught him the consequences if he doesn’t. Even a weak tackle can jar a ball loose if he does not protect his treasure. Fumbling is not a pleasant option either on the field of play or back in the locker room with the coach!
As I was reading Proverbs 4:13 today, I chuckled as I pictured myself as that football player.
“Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.” Proverbs 4:13
Me, a football player?? You must be kidding, God! But, I heard a fresh warning from the Lord in my heart: Lisa, guard well the instructions you have received from me. Do not take my principles lightly. Do not fail to hold on to the maturity you have already attained in my word……Lisa, hold onto ME and do not fumble! Pressures like tacklers will come, but you must be ready!
I experienced a real example of His words just this morning in our family devotional time. As a family, we have been watching an incredible video teaching series by John Bevere called The Fear of the Lord. It has been absolutely life altering. As we concluded our teaching today, I could sense the Lord’s convicting presence in the room. But… we had busy family duties to attend to so we turned off the video and began to move on with our day. Until the Holy Spirit nudged me again. I broke into the family chatter with an earnest plea, “Please, can we stop and pray. I don’t think we should miss what God wants to seal in our hearts.”
Almost simultaneously, all nine of us present in the room fell to our knees. As we sat in His presence, He drove His word deeper into our hearts.
Like the football player, Lisa. Hold onto the Word!! Guard it. Treasure it! Hold it! And then run with it. Teach your children to do the same and together we will advance My kingdom.
How about you, my friend? Are you holding onto instruction? Are you guarding what you learn well? Are you continuing to read His word every day that you may press to the goal line?