DayBreaks for 11/08/17: The Crushing Weight
From the DayBreaks archive, November 2007:
How do you deal with pressure? Some folks love it, others hate it. Pressure can come from a variety of sources: it can be imposed from someone in authority telling you want to do and when it has to be done, or from having wasted precious time when you could have been working on something important. It can be generated by the manipulative expectations of parents, children, spouses or friends. We can generate our own pressure based on unreasonable and impossible expectations we place on ourselves. Other pressures are more physical: that squeezing of the chest that indicates a heart attack or the weight of a car falling on top of you.
The following comes from Sidney Greidanus’ book, Preaching Christ from Genesis: “The nuclear submarine Thresher had heavy steel bulkheads and heavy steel armor, so it could dive deep and withstand the pressure of the ocean. Unfortunately, on a test run in 1963, the Thresher’s nuclear engine quit, and it could not get back to the surface. It sank deeper and deeper into the ocean. The pressure became immense. The heavy steel bulkheads buckled; the Thresher was crushed with 129 people inside.
“The Navy searched for the Thresher with a research craft that was much stronger than submarines. It was shaped like a steel ball and was lowered into the ocean on a cable. They finally located the Thresher at a depth of 8,400 feet: one and a half miles down. It was crushed like an egg shell. That was not a surprise, for the pressure at that depth is tremendous—3,600 pounds per square inch.
“What was surprising to the searchers was that they saw fish at that great depth. And these fish did not have inches of steel to protect them. They appeared to have normal skin, a fraction of an inch thick. How can these fish survive under all that pressure? How come they are not crushed by the weight of the water? They have a secret. Their secret is that they have the same pressure inside themselves as they have on the outside. Survival under pressure.
“John assures us, “The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” We will be victorious in the battle against Satan because Jesus poured his Spirit into our hearts. “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
If we don’t have the Spirit functioning inside of us, we, like the Thresher, will be crushed by the enemy. Alone, we are not able to sustain our lives under his relentless pressuring attacks. Is it any wonder that we fail when we struggle against Satan in our own strength and wisdom? We must be filled with the overflowing of the Spirit to survive, and not just to survive, but to thrive in our situation.
Ephesians 3:14-19 (NIV) – For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
PRAYER: Daily, Lord, we are put under pressure to compromise and surrender the ground You’ve given us to protect. Fill us up completely, so that not only are we equal to the pressure, but that the Spirit within us will flow out of each pore of our bodies and souls that Your glory and goodness may abound! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2017 by Galen C. Dalrymple.