Avoiding Avoidance

“In the Lord I take refuge. How then can you say to me, ‘Flee like a bird to your mountain‘?” Psalm 11:1
 
Intimidation appears to be one of our enemy’s favorite tactics. If he can get us to ’flee like a bird to our mountain’ rather than standing strong in the face of an awkward situation, potential ridicule or even malicious gossip, then he has gained the upper hand in the battle. A person might say that I am not going to that event or to that church any longer because I don’t want to be a distraction. But don’t buy the little show of consideration they have for others in attendance; it is merely an effort to save what remains of pride. It is practicing avoidance because they can’t stand the idea that there might be a few people in attendance who think little of them.

Having been there myself I know how easy it would have been to flee the gathering and miss out on the awkwardness altogether. But if I had, it would have been because I was thinking too much and not resting enough. The Lord is my refuge, my stronghold and I have no need to fear the arrows that fly by night.

So…with the Lord and I both knowing the awkwardness of the moment, I showed up again and again. I truly think that the enemy was counting on my not showing up, and the awkwardness vanished or fell on others and I proceeded with peace.

In ordering your world according to your position in Christ, the certainty of God and his precious promises, there will be very few situations that will call for your avoidance. Be a person who practices green light Christianity, trusting that God will communicate that occasional red light in a way that you won’t miss.
 
Pastor Doug