acquiesce [ ak-wee-es ] (from Dictionary.com)
verb (used without object), ac·qui·esced, ac·qui·esc·ing.
to assent tacitly; submit or comply silently or without protest; agree; consent: The nation as a whole seemed to acquiesce in the persecution.
To acquiesce to something or someone implies tacit (unspoken, implied or insinuated) acceptance or forbearance (tolerance) of opposition.
To whom do YOU comply? To what do YOU acquiesce?
Bob Dylan’s song “Gotta serve somebody” comes to mind. He knew all too well; finally admitting that he acquiesced to “the chief of this world” (satan), for fame and fortune.
We certainly live in trying times. Things can seem dark and hopeless; even to those who serve the One True God. This is understandable, as we navigate through a world that isn’t really our home. And as any true Believer knows, the closer one pulls to The Father, the harder the enemy strikes.
When the weight of the world gets too heavy, it may seem that acquiescing or giving in to what the world demands is the solution. But is it really?
Let’s consider what Jesus Christ did when He was faced with the most overwhelming task any human could ever face:
“And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” Matthew 26:39.
And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. Luke 22:41-44
Let us not forget that Jesus Christ was fully God, AND He was fully human. He was tempted by sin, just like we are. He felt pain, sorrow and anger; just like we do. In the garden just before His crucifixion, Jesus agonized and was tormented by the torturous task at hand. However, as we read, He not only acquiesced to His Father’s Will, he pressed into Him by praying more earnestly.
The darker this world becomes, the more we are tempted to give up and give in. We are tempted to acquiesce or quietly comply to the world; but we must understand, quiet compliance to sin is… sin.
Instead, we must press more into Our Father in Heaven and do as Jesus did:
Pray more earnestly.
With few and rare exceptions, we are all born into this world with an innate and basic knowledge of wrong and right. Despite knowing, I truly believe that many of us acquiesce to sin because of social conditioning, peer pressure, fear of persecution, fear of losing something or someone, or sometimes in a act of “tolerance” just to keep peace.
“Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” Romans 1:32
Like frogs slowly and gradually boiling in a pot of water, the enemy of God subtly programs us to see dark as light and light as dark.
The world consistently programs or conditions man to acquiesce to sin.
We are all born into the law of sin and death. In other words, we all will die. Not because life “evolved” this way, but because God created it so. It wasn’t always this way though. When Adam and Eve rebelliously ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they sinned against God. The Bible states that death is the wages of sin. Therefore the curse of that initial sinful defiance to God’s command was set upon mankind.
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23.
How do we reconcile this? Do we work hard to be good little boys and girls until we’re perfect? Nope. Do we incessantly guard our physical health with copious amounts of supplements? Nah. Do we vigilantly shape and build our bodies at the gym in a narcissistic attempt to defeat death? I don’t think so. Do we assimilate ourselves with artificial technology to achieve immortality? God forbid, no!
What will break this curse of sin and death? How do we know that we will continue into eternity?
The answer is the Lord Jesus Christ the Messiah.
He is the Way, The Truth and The Life.
We all remain a casualty of the curse of sin and death, until we are Born Again. In order to be reborn, a spiritual death must occur; and with any death, there is some level of pain or discomfort. Spiritually dying to yourself can be a painful experience, but it is the only way to truly free your soul. Sadly, most of us do whatever it takes to avoid the pain of denying temporal pleasure. All the while, denying the eternal joy that our Father has promised us.
Again, when we are faced with the pangs of spiritually dying to ourselves, think of Jesus as He faced the impending torment, torture and death of His Crucifixion:
“And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.” Mark 14:36.
The world has taught us that we are to be exalted as gods and that we are entitled to prosperity, happiness and pleasure. That is the will of many. However, as Jesus teaches, we are to do The Father’s Will. And even though this may cause us discomfort or pain, we must TRUST God. Our Father knows what’s best for us. As Jesus Christ died IN the flesh for the sins of the world, we must truly believe in Him, so that our spirit may be born again. Jesus said:
“Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” John 3:7.
Do not be deceived and acquiesce to the ways of the world, instead seek help and hope in the Word of God. This world is but a transitory illusion but Jesus is a solid rock for all of us to rest upon. He will remain forever. Seek Him. Repent from sin. Read and obey the Bible. Pray more earnestly.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2