“Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.”Ephesians 6:13, NLT
Today, as I continued to ponder the need to be “grounded” in life, I began to consider the need for electrical grounding. In terms of electrical currents, grounding “protects your appliances, your home and everyone in it from surges in electricity.” It is a means to direct an unexpected or sudden surge of electrical charge into the earth rather into your body or belongings. Without this re-direction, you or your appliance would absorb a level of shock that you are not equipped to handle – and damage or death can occur as a result.
If we are going to live free, we need grounding in our lives as well! Sometimes, life can simply get chaotic, and circumstances, emotions, or activity that is normally in our control, become out of control. We experience sudden surges in anxiety, disappointment, fear, or anger. And if we are not properly grounded – in God, in family, in solid, healthy, life-giving relationships and friendships, we find ourselves overpowered by the surge of negative emotions or thoughts. We begin a downward spiral of negativity overload, and without an alternate means to redirect all of that frustration, we sometimes explode.
I grew up singing the song “On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand…”, but now I realize that being “grounded” on the Rock isn’t just about avoiding shifting sands and slippery slopes. Rather, it is about understanding where to direct our fears, doubts, our hopes, and our dreams. It’s about knowing that your whole life is in the Master’s hands, and that because He is in control, you don’t need to implode when hardship comes. Rather we simply need take the following steps:
- Prevent emotional overload by “casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7, ESV).
- Allow God to direct the current of your life. Ask Him to establish order in the flow of your finances, friendships, resources, gifts, time, talents, and day to day efforts. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6, ESV).
- Know that God can handle the hard stuff of your life. Give it to God, knowing that there is nothing to hard for Him. “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:37, ESV)
Ephesians 6:10-17 instructs us to put on the whole armor of God so that we can ultimately stand. Armor protects against attacks, deflecting deadly blows, and covering essential organs. It reminds us not to put our trust solely in our own ability and strength to stand, but rather in the wisdom and might of our Maker!