Wrestling with my thoughts…
According to the Guinness Book of World Records:
“The longest professional wrestling match lasted 12 hours and was promoted by Shockwave Impact Wrestling (USA) as the Ultimate Iron Man Match at the Shelby County Fairgrounds in Sidney, Ohio, USA, on 6 November 2010. The match was contested by American Kickboxer II aka Brandon Overholser, Dark Angel aka Mike White, DJ Tom Sharp aka Tom Crone, Logan Cross aka Logan Jones, Sid Fabulous aka Mark Easterday, and “Lightning” Tim Lutz.
The match was won by Lutz to earn the SWI’s Ironman Championship. This Iron Man match consisted of the same six participants rotating for the duration of the 12 hours. The wrestler with the most accumulated pin falls and submissions after 12 hours was deemed the victor. Shockwave Impact Wrestling is associated with the National Wrestling Alliance.”
Wrestling for that long, even with rotating breaks, is unthinkable! How much stamina did these guys have? — Apparently, a lot! And, they counted on that stamina to sustain them in order to accomplish this world record. Had they not had something sustaining them, they would have just fizzled-out after 20 or 30 minutes, or sooner.
There are many things in life that we tend to rely on. And, we should rely on some things, to a point. The trouble occurs when we find ourselves putting all of our hopes into these things thinking that THEY will really sustain us forever. While Twinkies might have an unending shelf life, the usefulness and lasting effects of them are probably less-than-beneficial…or even desired!
Whether we admit to it or not, we all [myself included] tend to put our hopes into so many things: Political leaders. Money. Health; just to name a few. And then there are the “causes” that we rally around and fight for, or against. Some well-meaning people tend to get overly focused on “saving and sustaining the earth.” And, they are free to do that. However, if we are really honest, we would admit that those things really won’t sustain forever. Why?
Psalm 102:24-27 (ESV) states, 24 “O my God,” I say, “take me not away in the midst of my days—You whose years endure throughout all generations!” 25 Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. 26 They will perish, but You will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, 27 but You are the same, and your years have no end.”
Isaiah 40:8 (ESV) goes on to state, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God will stand forever.”
The things of this world, those “sustainable” things we tend to put our hope into, and even the world itself, WILL pass away. They will not last, no matter how much we try to preserve them. According to scripture, the only thing that is truly “sustainable” and will eternally last is God and His Word [the Bible]. That’s it!
Jeremiah 17:5-8 (ESV) gives us both a warning as well as an encouragement. It states, “5 Thus says the Lord:
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. 6 He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.
7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. 8 He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
In this passage we see the barrenness, emptiness, and curse of trusting in man [and the things of this world] compared to the blessing, fruitfulness, and strength of trusting in the Lord and His Word. Now THAT is real “sustainability!”
Therefore, where are you putting your trust today? And, do you know for certain that it really will sustain you?
Wrestling with you,