Krissy and I read a great devotional thought this morning written by Dan Haseltine of Jars of Clay, in the daily email devotional I get from Relevant Magazine. (I love Relevant by the way.) He related Sir Isaac Newton’s laws of motion to our life of faith in this world. It gave me some great “ponder fodder” or food for thought as I drove to work.
If you took Physics in school, you remember that the first law of motion basically says that an object, once moving, will keep moving unless some outside force encounters or impacts it. Oh, how I wish our walk with Jesus could be like this. It would be great if, when we give our hearts to Him for the first time, He gives us a loving push and we’re off, zipping down the path toward heaven, smoothly and constantly moving along all the way. In physics, things like friction and gravity come into play and most of the time objects need help to keep going, or another push to start again if completely stopped. We do, too.
The second law of motion says that an object that’s standing still will keep standing still unless acted upon by an outside force. This made me think of people who don’t know Jesus yet or who haven’t yet believed in Him, who don’t yet realize they need God’s love and grace. In a way, they’re standing still on the path as many of us who know Christ are walking by. We need to give them a nudge to start them moving or take their hand and urge them to come along. We can be that outside force of love, help, friendship, concern, forgiveness, and more that keeps them from just standing still.
Mr. Newton’s third law of motion states that for every action there’s an equal and opposite reaction – push for pull so to speak. Thankfully, in the spiritual world, in God’s grander scope of things, He is the more powerful action or force. Although our enemy pushes back at us when we take action or take steps of faith, when we choose to move ahead, his reaction isn’t nearly as powerful as the momentum God gives us. Nothing in this life can completely stop us if we’re holding on to Jesus, fueled by His strength and love. Unfortunately sometimes even other believers react to us and hinder us, or at least make walking ahead really difficult. I don’t think God meant for it to be that way.
Think about each of these laws – how do they apply to you today in your spiritual life, in your relationship with God? Are you moving or standing still? Do you need a nudge? You can always ask God for one and He’ll gladly oblige. How can you be a positive force on someone who’s standing still in their heart today to help them get going in the right direction? You can help someone who’s facing resistance and struggle as they’re trying to stay faithful and keep walking. Pray for them, put your arm around them and walk with them. Maybe you’re the one who needs help – ask a friend who’s on the path to do those things for you. As true as those laws of physics are and as brilliant as Sir Isaac was, God created him and those laws. God came up with physics, it was all His idea. He is always the final word. He’s the strongest, most powerful, wisest and He loves me. He loves you. He loves those who are standing still.
Father God, help me to really think about and be intentional about walking closely to Jesus today. Open my eyes to see someone who needs help or encouragement along the path. Give me opportunities to be a positive outside force on someone who needs it.
“God didn’t set us up for an angry rejection but for salvation by our Master, Jesus Christ. He died for us, a death that triggered life. …we’re alive with him! So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.” written by Paul in I Thessalonians 5:10-12 The Message