As a child I used to love a good tug of war; grabbing the rope, digging in your feet and holding of for dear life.

    Now that I am older I often face a tug of war of a different kind that I really don’t like.  It feels like my brain, or my desires have my one arm, and my spirit has the other arm.  They are both pulling for all they are worth to get me to go in different directions.  Some sinful desires pull me in one direction, but my spirit knows they are wrong and pulls me in the other direction.

    In Romans 7:21 Paul says, “It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up.” (The Message)  This tug of was is nothing new.  It is something that Paul also experienced.  In verse 24 he asks “Is there no one who can do anything for me?”  In verse 25 he then reveals the answer.  “The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does.”  It is at these tug of war times that we need to look to Jesus to take both our hands and lead us to His rest.

Published by Ray Richards