The Law of Adaptation
"Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness." II Timothy 2:15-16.
Repetition solidifies revelation. This is what I call the ‘law of adaption’. It takes time to develop a different pattern of thinking in order for a revelation to become familiar and comfortable, a natural way of life.
In 1958, I was introduced to the law of adaption when I learned how to operate a dragline excavator. A dragline excavator is a large, diesel-fueled machine used to unearth dirt from various construction sites. The dragline excavator consists of a boom, dipper (stick), bucket and a cab sitting on a rotation platform known as the ‘house’. The house sits on top of a framework with tracks, a blade or wheels. A dragline operator’s responsibility is to manage the levers that control the dragline excavator. I had to practice using one lever at a time, one foot pedal at a time. The lever on the left was for swinging the crane. With practice, I was able to combine the levers and foot pedal at the same time without a jerking motion. Swinging, digging and dumping became automatic, a natural thing to do.
When I decided to start sprinting, I used the same law of adaption. Before training, I would put my hands on my knees and say, “You will adapt to sprinting.” The body God gave us adapts to any pressure we put on it by practicing new thoughts, words and action. Do not try to rush the process. The wheels of life always move, but slowly.
Adapt your human emotions to God’s Word. Make a list of your nagging fears or any places of anxiety. Practice replacing any fear or anxiety with God’s Word. Have you discovered Philippians 4:6? “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Practice these ideas for life, health and peace:
- Five words… I am with you always (Hebrews 13:5, Deuteronomy 31:6). “Sing, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away your judgments, He has cast out your enemy. The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you shall see disaster no more.
- In the day it shall be said to Jerusalem: “Do not fear; Zion, let not your hands be weak. The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:14-17. This is our potential to receive because of the cross of Jesus Christ.
- Any place of anxiety or fear is not a place to escape from, it is a place to practice faith that works by love. Begin by giving thanks to the Lord for those places that seem to defy faith. Strange as it may sound, the energy of thankfulness is what creates transformation. Do not allow yourself to pick and choose what you are thankful for.
- Determine to practice adapting to a good-faith-love-thankful attitude instead of yielding to the urge to escape being uncomfortable. The call to be the same or what is familiar runs deep and is tricky. Say NO to the urge to fit in at any cost or make an idol of routine, escape and sameness. Walk in the Holy Spirit, not by what you think others think.
Today Lord, I speak, receive and adapt to Your great prayer: Today the Lord blesses me and keeps me. The Lord makes His face shine upon me and is gracious to me. The Lord lifts up His countenance upon me and gives me peace. He puts His name on me and blesses me (Numbers 6:24-27). Amen.
Speak this out loud; My faith is the Holy Spirit Who causes me to live in thankfulness no matter what. There is no baby-ism in me!