Take a Knee….

The word “knee” has come up a lot in my vocabulary these past few weeks.

We are not a football family by any means…no like…not at all…but we do turn on the TV to watch/record the Super Bowl game every year.  And by watch, I mean, we usually skim through the game to watch the commercials and the half-time performance.  Who’s with me here!  This year, my husband and I were cheering for the Patriots simply because they were the ones that everyone wanted to lose.  And well, since we don’t get invited to Super Bowl parties (which is totally fine…re:comment above) we are happy to vote for the underdogs without being hassled.  I can say that this year, we were both actually fairly glued to the screen as we watched an unbelieveable second half where the Patriots scored 27 points!  Unheard of!!  But, I digress….

I know enough about football that when the coach says, “Take a knee.”  it’s either because he wants to give his team a pep talk or a reprimand.  But when he gives the command, those enormous football players do as they are told.  They take a stance of humility by bending down on one knee, looking up, and being attentive to whatever it is their coach is telling them.

The one who gives the command to “take a knee” is the one who has control of the situation and of the people in his realm of influence.

We serve the ultimate One who has control of the entire realm of the earth.  In ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:9-11‬ ‭HCSB‬‬, it is written, “For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow — of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth — and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Whether people want to or not, we will ALL bend our knee to the will and authority of Jesus Christ. We have an incredible opportunity here on earth to humble ourselves before the Lord, to bend our knee (spiritually speaking ~ is when we are bending our will to His.)

I’ve heard a great many sermons, bible study videos/dvd’s, and Christian talk radio pastors talk about the importance of being willing enough on our own, to bend our knee to the will of the Lord.  It is much easier to bend down (spiritually and physically bending your knee in prayer) than it is when God bends your knees for you.  This is something similar to what I’ve always told my girls as they have grown older ~

“I disciplined when you were a child, I grounded you as a teenager, and I will express my frustration to you when I think you are making bad choices…but trust me my sweet girl, the discipline you will receive from the Lord is far harder than anything I could dole out.”  I didn’t tell them this to scare them, but to encourage them to always have a hear that was soft towards the direction of the Holy Spirit.  And to have a brain that knew the difference between contented obedience and willful disobedience to the voice of the Lord in their life.

Hebrews 12:9-13 backs up this concept…“Furthermore, we had natural fathers discipline us, and we respected them. Shouldn’t we submit even more to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time based on what seemed good to them, but He does it for our benefit, so that we can share His holiness. No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields the fruit of peace and righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore strengthen your tired hands and weakened knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated but healed instead.”

It is always an encouragement to me when I can back up my parenting choices by God’s Word.

{Actually, we must always be going to scripture to make sure that our actions line up with His Word, no matter the situation.}

But before we allow ourselves to be tempted to think that “bending the knee” is always associated with discipline, let me share how it is a good thing…how it can be a blessing in our life.

Just a little less than two weeks ago, we had a blessed day when the “bending of the knee” was a beautiful gesture.  Our eldest daughter got engaged!  I’m so grateful that her fiancé arranged to have a photographer follow them secretly.  He captured the exact moment when the love of my daughter’s life, kneeled down before her, declaring his love for her and pledging to love her for the rest of their lives, telling her how much he loved her, and asking her to marry him.  And yes…I’m crying again at the memory of it all!

My husband and I have been praying for our daughter’s future husband ~ well, for all three of our girls! ~ since the day they were born.  This is no joke people!  The moment you know the right man, the man that God has chosen for the husband of your little girl, the man who will take care of her for the rest of her life…it is a heady moment!  We are thankful that we are all in agreement that this man who proposed to our girl is definitely the right one!

The joy captured in that moment of becoming engaged is what God wants to share with us when we come before Him!!

Psalm 95:6  “Come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.”

When we kneel before the Lord in worship, it is moment that we take to humble our hearts and quiet the noise of our mind so that we can fully engage with the One who created us.  To take a posture that will create a space for us to be free to fully embrace the love and care that the Lord has for us.  It will also generate a communion between us and the Holy Spirit that will enable us to hear what He has planned for us.  We cannot hear the quiet whispers of our Father in Heaven if we are always filling up the time with our own wants and needs.

One more “bend the knee” image I want to share with you is that of the wise men who sought after the child King.  God stirred their hearts to search for this child and kept them going for a very long time.  And when they found Him, they honored Jesus in a way that was appropriate.  Matthew 2:11 HCSB tells us, “Entering the house, they saw the child with Mary His mother, and falling to their knees, they worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”

Let me encourage you then, to “take a knee” ~ to bend your will to the will of the Father who created you.  He cares for you far more than anyone else ever could.  Give Him the authority over your life and you will never be disappointed.  By no means do I believe that life is easy when we are fully following the Lord.  The trials will come, the flaming arrows of the enemy will be flung, and the moments of uncertainty will threaten to overtake our minds.

BUT….the Lord is there in it all. 

And when we are flat out on the floor, He is the One kneeling beside us, to comfort us, to take us in His strong arms and carry us for a time.

Blessings,

René