GETTING A TUNE UP Andy Hollifield 12-7-18
I began to think about people in the bible that had a change of heart and got their heart right with the Lord. In every case, they were more godly than before. It is amazing to look at some of the people and the things they did. In some cases such as with David, it was heinous actions and others it was simple disobedience and in others it was just a lack of faith and fear of the unknown. Some of these people I have written about a lot but it is because there is so much we can learn from their actions.
David, as most of us probably know, was called “A man after God’s own heart” in Acts 13:22. We like to attach adjectives to sins such as big, little, horrible, white lies and black lies, and everything is always worse when it is someone else that’s doing it. In 2 Samuel 11, we see just how easy it is to go from respectable to reprehensible in a matter of moments. It doesn’t take the “big sins” to get us to missing and running sluggish and losing power with God. Although, I guess if you’re using a car analogy, David blew a motor and jerked the transmission out of it. He not only committed adultery with Bathsheba but also had her husband murdered on the battlefield. Like Proverbs 28:13 says, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper.” God sent Nathan to bring David’s sin to his attention. Even though he repented and went on to be totally devoted to the Lord, he still had to live with the consequences in his family for the rest of his life.
Jonah is one that, out of fear, got himself in need of a tune up. His garage quickly became the inside of a fish’s belly. It took less than three days for Jonah to figure out where he got off track. Nobody came to him, and God didn’t even speak to him. He knew he had messed up before he ever went overboard. Even though he preached the greatest meeting on record with over 120,000 repenting, he didn’t get to enjoy a bit of it because he still needed a tune up. He spent his time after the meeting pouting instead of shouting. God only spoke to Jonah three times. It was when he first told him to go, and when he told him again after his time in the fish, and then in chapter four. The interesting thing is that we don’t ever find where Jonah ever got tuned up after the meeting. I wonder what would have come out of that meeting if he had not of ran but instantly obeyed God. I wonder how mightily God could have used him.
Another one that got to missing and running rough was Naomi. When her family left Bethlehem-Judah, it was because of fear of famine. When you lose your faith and trust in God and his provision, you will definitely not be running right and like all of the examples before, you begin losing power. It took losing her whole family before she would ever return home and only then because she heard they now had bread and the famine was apparently over. As with the others I have mentioned, God didn’t shun her after her return. As a matter of fact, he blessed her immensely making her the great-grandmother of David and therefore a distant grandma to Jesus.
Elijah also fell victim to losing power and getting spiritually sluggish. After the greatest victory of his life on Mount Carmel, he got discouraged and fearful because of the comments and opinions of someone else. We know the story of him leaving his servant and heading into the wilderness to hide. Even though that was a low point in his life, God tuned him up and he had great power until his rapture. He had so much power that Elisha wanted a double portion of it. How many of us have never got out of tune and lost power due to the comments and opinions of others?
I will stop there but I believe that we can all find ourselves fitting into one of those situations. Naomi’s family’s faith was weak and Jonah lost power due to disobedience. David lost power due to neglect of his duty. Elijah lost power due to burnout, at least that is what we would call it today. He spent his life not only as a prophet but also as a fugitive because of his prophecies coming to pass. He had just slain more than 450 prophets of Baal that were likely trying to fight back. Then he is running scared and losing power because of one woman running her mouth. These are just a few examples of how easy it is to lose power spiritually and quit running right for the Lord. It doesn’t take much. I hope this will encourage you to stay tuned up and if you do get to running rough, maybe you can see that God is merciful but will also tune you up in whatever way is necessary. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!