“this is what the Lord says, the Lord your God who cares for his people: “See, I take from your hands the terrible cup; you shall drink no more of my fury; it is gone at last. 23 But I will put that terrible cup into the hands of those who tormented you and trampled your souls to the dust and walked upon your backs.” Isaiah 51:22-23 (The Living Bible)
Get Up! That is what I heard God say to me several times when I have gotten into what I call the mulligrubs. Yes, that is a word. The Meriam-Webster Dictionary says it means to be sullen, despondent or in a ill-tempered mood. This can happen in uncertain days, seasons when things seem to pile on and just when you think the storm is over, boom... the thunderclaps again are heard in the distance.
2020 has certainly qualified as a mulligrub kind of year. Uncertainty is its specialty. I still believe the best is to come for this year. God is fulfilling His purposes, but sometimes you tip your hat to reality. It’s ok. You do not lose your faith; you just acknowledge your mulligrub situation. Like the young prophet in 2 Kings 6:1-7 who lost the ax head in the water. The one he borrowed. Yep, one of those days when you promise to return it better than you found it and you lose the stinking ax head. All you have left is a handle. Did he walk away and pretend it didn’t happen? No! He had a mulligrub moment. He acknowledged it and cried out “Alas” to the prophet Elisha. Anyone who cries out “Alas!” is having a bad day. When you look up this word in the Hebrew it sounds like “aha” only with a little flem in the back of your throat. But he didn’t stay there. His “Alas” was directed at Elisha who with God’s help, made it float back up to the surface. Good ending to a bad start of a workday.
For many, 2020 has been a bad start to the decade. But before we allow the enemy to define what kind of decade we will experience, let us remember our position in Jesus. Our scripture today is about position. The position of you and the position of your enemy who has been walking all over your back. Here in Isaiah, God’s people would experience judgment. Their enemy would overtake them, Jerusalem would be captured, and they would be like the dirt the enemy walked on. This is all because they did not repent, turn back to God and turn away from their idols. But this time of discipline would not be forever. That same enemy would have the tables turned on them and would no longer be using God’s people as a doormat. I like how God gives us the rest of the story. Remember that when you are in the mulligrubs. The season that may even be your own fault does not need to be your destiny. God has a way for you to walk on your enemy, not your enemy walk on you.
Now take this scripture and apply it to the believer today who has put their trust in Jesus who died on the cross, paid the penalty of sin and busted out of the grave to kick death in the teeth. The enemy who had authority to walk on you was defeated. He is now the dirt you can walk on when you walk in your authority through Christ. This is your position. In Luke 10:19, Jesus says, “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” That word trample means to advance by setting your foot upon. Jesus gave His disciples position and authority to go do the Kingdom. We too now through what Christ have this same authority to stand against, walk on and advance our Kingdom purpose even in the midst of the mulligrubs.
Get up! Don’t let the enemy walk on you. You walk on the enemy. Take the ground God has given you in your marriage, family, and finances. Take the ground in your ministry, your testimony. Do not let the enemy walk on you this year. Christ has given you the position to walk on the enemy and for 2020 to be what God intends for it to be, we must not allow the mulligrubs to keep us on the ground. Get up and walk this year out in Jesus in victory!