Weave, Don’t Bob

Bobbing and weaving is a technique used in boxing to avoid the hard blows of the opponent in the ring, and perhaps land a few of your own. If you are not good at it you may take a hit, possibly a hard blow, and be taken out of the competition. I am told it is difficult to do while moving. Its like the exercise of trying to rub your belly in a circular pattern while patting yourself on the head. (Not sure why you would want to do this either).

I had the thought of bobbing and weaving the other day but related it more to spiritual maneuvers as we move through life. I was thinking more along the lines (pun not intended) of a fishing bobber and a weaving loom for fabrics. Not your typical bobbing and weaving. But they served well as an illustration to me and I hope they are helpful to you as well.

The bobbing reminded me of floating in the ocean, attached to a line, a life-line if you will, and left for a target or used as bait. In some ways we are a target and bait. Does God not want to show off His sons to Satan as He was able to do with Job? Don’t think for a moment that God does not want to do that with every son. God is proud of His sons and wants to place them on display, to make them known and revealed, to a creation that is just waiting for the Day.

So that makes you a target, bait even. It is to God’s glory and delight that satan tries His sons and finds them faithful, obedient and unwavering in their calling—to be sons—to be like Him. Now what is the thing that keeps the evil one from succeding in taking you hook, line and sinker? It is that line that anchors you to the One Who holds you in His hand. He will not let go.

Consider with me that the line that holds you is the Word of God. It is the very thing that held Jesus Christ fast to His Fathers will. Now when satan takes the bait (i.e. you) and tries to break you free from the hand of God, what have you got to hold on to but the Word? It (He) is an everpresent help in our time of need.

Now, all day long there are attacks and hits on you to try your line. I hope your line is suitable to the test. The tragedy is that many only have one line. They are drifting in the wide sea of life and one line, one Word, is all that keeps them from the jaws of death. The Word is great and sufficient to the test but you were never meant to remain in the sea with only one line as bait for the enemy.

What if you had many, many lines? What if you were so well connected to the Word that your life seemed one endless thread of Word upon Word, going back and forth, side to side, interlacing with men and their souls and actions, drawing them together connecting everything on your earth to that Word? What if then the same line went back and forth, up and down, interlacing with Heavenly things, patterns and revelations of Truth so that it connected everything with your earth with everything that is in Heaven?

This is weaving. When you are able to lay down Word upon Word; “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.” Isa. 28:9-10. These all connected, interlaced and drawn together so that nothing in your life could escape the net of Truth, nothing could get through to you without first having been filtered by that net.

Whereas the enemy saw you as bait, alone and unprotected in the ocean on the tide of worldly concepts and worldly wisdom, tossed back and forth by every wind and every wave of hype, is not God’s desire but, “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.” Eph. 4:14.

Now you are so well connected to the Word that you are not the prey, not the victim, but the one who catches your enemy in the web of Truth and filters out his lies and deceptions. “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth.” Eph. 6:14. Now he must flee you so as to avoid all his lies being caught in the net of Truth.

“… Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” 1 Cor. 15:54-55.

Weave, don’t bob.