Don’t Ring that Bell
When men try out to become a part of the Navy Seals Special Forces, they have to pass a very hard and rigorous training. The training which is called BUDS, stands for Basic, Underwater, Demolition and Seal training. Many men have tried to complete this training but it has one of the highest failure rate which is over seventy percent.
The men who has tried out to become Navy Seals all come from all walks of life and their ages are from the range of 17 to 29. The training is an eight week course which teaches men to pay attention to detail, to lead by example and learn the importance of teamwork. Each man must learn to push past their pain threshold and to answer the question do I have what it takes to be a Navy Seal and not quit. The first three weeks of the training known as phase one is called the gut check. The third week of phase one is called hell week which tests students endurance through many painful evolutions. One online video about the Navy Seal training refers to hell week as “five and half days of pain and misery”.
Also, the first three weeks of phase one is design to filter out students who lack the emotional commitment to become seals. The training of Navy Seals also teaches men that individuals cannot survive in war-time. However, through the extensive training the men who endure to the end all learn to function as a team and learn to trust one another. When a man realize that he lack the commitment of becoming a Navy Seal, he go over to ring a bell and then inform the instructor standing by it that he want to quit. Once the man has rang the bell three times, he then places his helmet next to the roll of others helmets which were left by other men that have also made the decision to quit. These men who tried to become Navy Seals had to ring the bell because of medical reasons, unable to continue because injuries or they could not pass the physical requirements.
Through the training of the Navy Seals there are three important points as men that must be applied in our lives as men of God. The first point that we as men must apply from the Navy Seal training is that we must make the decision not ring the bell and quit on our prayer life. The second point that we can take from the Navy Seal training that as we endure our hell week we must always remember that our God is just. Finally, the third point that we as men must commit ourselves to learn how to complete the mission that God has given us.
And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint (Luke 18:1);
Don’t Ring that Bell
The first point that we as men must apply from the Navy Seal training is that we must make the decision not ring the bell and quit on our prayer life. Prayer is a two-way communication between us and our Heavenly Father. It allows us to communicate with him our concerns, needs and free our hearts from the burdens that try to weight our life down. Prayer from the Lord’s perspective allows Him to communicate to us His will and purposes as we are alone with Him. As we live a life of surrender to the Father, through prayer will learn how to use the authority that He releases in us, to bind the activity of the enemy, and to loose those who have been bound by him. The parable which Jesus told His disciples was about the unjust judge and the persistent widow who wanted to be avenged because of the adversary who had done her wrong. Jesus told His disciples that “they should always pray and not faint”. There are others translations of the bible that says as men that “we should never give up, not lose heart or turn coward”. Prayer not only has the power to change things around us but it also has the power to change us.
In our prayer life with the Father, we learn why the timing of God is so important because there are times when are prayers are answered quickly but others times it takes a longer period of time. In those seasons when are prayers are not being answered right away the Lord will allow us to develop our spiritual muscles by learning to persevere in prayer. Do we have to constantly keep reminding the Father what our prayer concerns are because the Lord has too many things going on at once and He overlooked our request? Do we have to pray for hours or to pray real loud because our circumstances at the moment are speaking louder to us? The answers to these questions would be a resounding no because just because the Lord is silent does not mean He has not heard our every pity and every grown. In Isaiah 65:24 the word of God says “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear”. The timing of our prayers been answered all plays a part in our growth and development in becoming a man of God. Sometimes we have to learn how to stop acting childish and learn how to become childlike being depended upon our God. We are faced with adversity, affliction and fears we will be tempted to wonder are things ever going to get better for us. However, do not lose heart my brother, our God is faithful, persevere in prayer and don’t quit and don’t ring that bell.
Our God is just
During Jesus time the Romans allowed the Jews to manage most of their own affairs. Most theologians believe that the judge which was spoken us in Luke 18 was not a judge like in the days of Old Testament like Jephthah, Gideon or others. The judge which was mention in the parable is probably a judge handled the secular affairs of the Jews. The word of God also tells us in Luke 18:4 and 6 that judge was a man that he did not “fear God, he did not regard or have respect for other people and he was unjust”. As the widow brought her concerns to the judge, she did with the expectation that he would avenge and to put a stop to the adversary who was troubling her. The word of God does not go into detail in what the adversary was doing to the widow and who this adversary was such as gender, race or position of power they had. A widow in biblical times did not have any financial means to support or to protect herself. In the Old Testament a widow according to the law had to depend on the resources that came from the tithes from the people who presented them to the priest (Deuteronomy 26:12). However, because the unjust judge had no regard for man or reverence for God or His people, the judged ignored her cries for help for his selfish reasons. When the unjust judge finally decides to help the widow it was not motivated out of obedience to the law of God. However, he reasons for avenging the widow against her adversary was because of her continual requests to him for help which resulted in him finally helping her.
The message that we are to take from the parable of the unjust judge and widow is that though we might suffer for a while our God is just and He will certainly respond to the continual prayers of the righteous. Our God does not begrudge in answering our prayers when they are in line with His will, His word and for His glory. The Lord does not want you to ring the bell my brother because He has equipped you with everything that you need to be a good husband, devoted father and faithful son. Yes we live in a time where our country leadership represents the unjust just who does not regard man and has no respect for God. The unjust judge also represents in our country a leadership that is corrupt with greed, power and chooses to not enforce justice on behalf of the oppressed. We have seen the guilty being declared acquitted by our broken justice system while the life of our sons like Trevor Martin are taken and their blood is spilled senselessly. O Man of God this is not the time for you to quit or to ring the bell because our God is just. Having marches are good, but it is through the power of prayer that these social issues can be changed. For the word of God still declares in James 5:16, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”.
Completing the mission
In second and third phases of Navy Seal training students learn things like weapon training, land warfare, and demolition tactics. Navy Seals students prior before graduating the program also learn how to properly fight in combat. The core principles of what students learned in the beginning of their training are reinforced in them through various exercises in the second and third phase. These cores are things like always conducting yourself with integrity, being discipline and a student demonstrating that he can be trusted. When a Navy Seals are giving a mission it is critically important that the mission is carried out according to the directives given to them by their commanding officers. If the mission is not completed in the time frame given the results of failing to follow orders, could jeopardized not only the mission, but also the entire lives of Navy Seals team. When all of the training is completed, the class of students go onto to graduation and then wait for their orders to be assigned to their Seal teams. The only time that a Navy Seal is permitted to ring the bell that others had previously done when they quit is when graduation is over which the ringing of the bell signifies that their training has been completed.
It is said that when Navy Seals have completed their mission, the success of that mission is determined by the least amount of people knowing the details of that mission. The only ones who would know would be the Seal team who carried out the mission and the commanding officer who gave the order for the Seal team to either abstract or eliminate the threats that are harming others. As men of God we too are God’s Special Forces and the workmanship of the Lord created to complete the works that God has ordained for us to complete (Ephesians 2:10). The greater one is on the inside of us and we are more than conquerors. The Lord has given us the weapons of our warfare so that we know how to defeat the enemy with the weapons of the word, praise and prayer. The Lord wants us to be men of integrity who hands have been trained to war and our fingers know how to fight God’s way (Psalms 144:1). You do not have to ring the bell my brother because everywhere your feet treads, the Lord is going to give you the land He has promised you (Joshua 1:3).