October 27-28, 2012
In my younger days, I enjoyed cutting and splitting firewood to burn on cold winter nights, especially for Sunday night football. I would whip that sledge, honing my baseball swing, splitting and stacking all summer, and then enjoy the warmth of the fireplace during the winter. If you’ve ever split wood, you know how important and effective the “wedge” is for maximizing your effort.
A wedge is a heavy chunk of metal with a sharp pointed edge on one end and a flat surface on the other. Green wood is very difficult to split. A wedge is a necessity to split a round log so it can be separated into smaller pieces that will dry out and burn more easily. As the wedge is slowly pounded into the log with a sledgehammer, it drives the wood apart, separating the fibers and weakening them to the point of failure. The harder the wood, the more times you have to hit the wedge.
You see, this is so similar to the enemy’s single-minded focus … separating us from our Father. His swings of the hammer are like the neglect we feel as he uses a wedge of deceit. “See, no one cares. You’re on your own.” He uses a sudden hurt, betrayal, or loss of innocence to tell us, “This is a dangerous world, and you’re all alone. You’ve been abandoned.” He uses assaults and abuses to scream, “See, this is all you are good for. You’re a reject.”
By constantly striking the wedge, he weakens us. The details are different for everyone, but the effect is always the same … an injury to the soul, and with it, separation from our Father. It may sound dramatic, but it’s true … the enemy wants to split us from God and put us in the fire!
But God is not willing to let that be the end of the story. So here’s the good news. Do you remember what Jesus taught about our Father’s heart in the parable of the lost son? Filled with compassion, our Father God will come like a loving Father, take the wedge out, and pull us as close to His heart as we’ll let Him. He’ll take us back to heal the injuries, and finish things that didn’t get finished. He will come for you, no matter how long you were away or how far from Him you feel. He makes you his dearly loved daughter or son.
Today, identify the wedges in your life. What one lie or deception is Satan using to separate you from God’s love and abundant life, right now? When you feel uncomfortable, look at some of the data in your situation. Either some of that data or your conclusions are false. That is Satan’s wedge: lies. Replacing those lies with God’s truth will draw you closer to Him. Letting Satan whack the wedge or allowing the Holy Spirit to remove the wedge is your decision, so choose well.
Dear Father God, My deepest desire is to trust You with my whole being. But this trust does not come easily for me, Father. I know that if I learn to trust You … really trust You … nothing can separate me from Your peace. I will endure the pounding of the wedge and will use each strike to train myself to trust You. I will ruin the enemy’s plan by growing in grace through the very adversity he uses to harm me. I pray in the name of the reason for my trust, Christ Jesus; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him Luke 15:20
Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. Ephesians 6:16