If anyone knows anything about Basic Training in the Army, they know that push-ups are a way of life. They do push-ups for anything and everything. Contraband items in their possession, taking too long to do something, getting letters in the mail, waking up in the morning... time for more push-ups.
Right now I am waiting for a phone call from my son in the Army. It is getting late and I am concerned that his platoon lost phone call privileges this week. I bet if they did, they also had to do push-ups. It is possible that as a group they failed at something, but more often than not they lose privileges because a handful of people got into trouble. I am sure no one minds doing push-ups for getting letters in the mail. After all, they are getting mail! It's like Christmas! They will take the push-ups for the letters! But when they have to do push-ups, or worse... lose phone privileges, for another person's stupidity, that's frustrating.
The question then is posed: Why do they all have to pay the price for one or two people's mistakes? Can't they just punish the ones who did wrong?
Of course they could! But then that would be missing out on the valuable lesson. What in the world could a Drill Sergeant be teaching by punishing everyone? The lesson is simple. Our mistakes impact everyone around us. I would rather those soldiers in training learn that lesson over a Twinkie in a footlocker than an overlooked detail that gets several killed!
Psalm 69:5-6 "O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee. Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel."
David didn't want those who were faithful to the Lord to face reproach or to be confused and frustrated because of what he was facing. Not only was David a sinful man, but he was also facing reproach without just cause. His enemies hated him for no good reason. David was facing hardship from them that was undeserved and unjustified.
1 Peter 3:14 "But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;"
Just as those soldiers in training would happily endure push-ups for letters, there are times when we suffer persecution and reproach for righteousness. It should be something we endure happily for Christ. He has a purpose in it. He, too, suffered persecution for righteousness.
What is frustrating is suffering for someone else's sin. Let it always remind us that our own sin always impacts others.
Update!!! Got a call just now!!! Yay! Love that boy!