The term building implosion can be misleading to laymen: The technique is not a true implosion phenomenon. A true implosion usually involves a difference between internal (lower) and external (higher) pressure, or inward and outward forces, that is so large that the structure collapses inward into itself.
In contrast, building implosion techniques do not rely on the difference between internal and external pressure to collapse a structure. Instead, the goal is to induce a progressive collapse by weakening or removing critical supports, therefore the building can no longer withstand gravity loads and will fail under its own weight. (quoted from wiki)
It seems to me, that there are spiritual and emotional equivalents of an “implosion”.
People are often referred to as ‘going to pieces’ in times of overwhelming sorrow and emotional stress.
The old joke is that some people “go to pieces so fast that others get hit by the shrapnel”.
Emotionally volatile people, in trying times, tend to strike out at those in the vicinity; which may provoke family, friends and colleagues to ‘steer clear’ of them for a while.
Others, when under stress and feelings of despair become withdrawn. Their emotions contract and behavior implodes into introversion and they free-fall in on themselves.
A hedgehog may find this a good defense mechanism: but for everyone else it does more harm than good.
It has the effect of cutting off or hindering the comfort and help others may bring.
I have often been called an introvert.
I often wonder if anything I say to people makes any sense to them and if I connect with them at any level.
The people, I more easily converse with and who seem to understand me most are certainly few and far between.
If people do not react to me in the way I expect, my tendency is to resort introspection and wonder what is wrong with me.
We sometimes feel that it is better limit interaction with others and just speak when you are spoken to.
Some of us only need a little push to turn us into ‘hermits’.
In trying times, the Christian is not impervious to the temptation to close the shutters and doors on everyone and everything and fly away to a place of quiet and solitude in the hope of finding tranquility.
King David understood this feeling more than most.
The danger comes when we turn away from God and thus shun the only true source of aid and comfort.
Phillip Yancey wrote a book called “Disappointed with God”.
We may arrive at a point where we feel that God is letting us down or even spiritually ‘short-changing’ us. We feel as if God is far away and uncaring.
We may, in a fit of spiritual pique give God the silent treatment or go off in a “huff”; “cursing the day of our birth”?
People in high emotion, dudgeon or resentment, are often said to be “seeing red”.
Being this condition affects the way they perceive and handle things.
In like manner, our view of God is often coloured and clouded by the way we are feeling at the time.
The state of a Christian’s relationship with God influences for ‘good or ill’ all other relationships.
If we are open and honest with God we are more likely to be so with our fellow believers.
Focusing on Christ, takes our mind off ourselves and our own problems and makes our focus the pleasing of our heavenly Father and doing good to those around us.
A spiritually healthy relationship with Christ promotes better relations with other Christians and makes us more desirous to seek the welfare and salvation of those who do not know the Saviour.
One fruit of opening ourselves to Jesus Christ is that we find more peace and are less liable to fall to pieces in a crisis.
True this may not always be the case.
The Christian is still a work in progress.
However the closer we cling to Christ, who knows well how to still storms, the less likely we will be to implode spiritually.
Even if we do collapse in some degree, He is willing and able to rebuild and renew us.
Jeremiah and Baruch.
To be a faithful servant of God and our Lord Jesus Christ is not always an easy or flesh pleasing task.
Jeremiah, in his day, was given the task of delivering God’s message of impending judgment to the Jewish nation.
The people’s heinous sins and blatant disobedience of God’s law made punishment inevitable.
Jeremiah’s warnings of future judgment, call for repentance and a return to obedience provoked a hostile and sometimes violent response from the leaders of the people.
This took a toll on his sensitive nature.
He suffered greatly due to the emotional stress and strain involved in preaching an unpopular message to a self righteous and self satisfied people.
The prophet’s obedience and faithfulness to God brought upon him, among other things accusations of treason and sedition against his own nation.
He ‘fell foul’ of the religious leaders and own countryman and like Elijah before him was regarded as a “troubler of Israel”.
Jeremiah suffered reviling, persecution and physical abuse and this made his life almost unbearable.
The book of Jeremiah wrote reveals him to be a person of tender nature and highly developed sensibility.
His profound love for God and his people were constantly in conflict within him: despite this, he remained unswervingly faithful to God and His Word.
No doubt, this man of God would have preferred preaching a message comprising only good news, with promises of unending blessing and a rosy future for all. This was not what he was called to do.
Jeremiah, in faithfulness to his call from God did not shrink from delivering the message given to him regardless of the consequences.
It was a message of imminent judgment that resembled a swift approaching and potentially devastating storm.
The “door” of God’s long suffering was revealed as nearly shut: tragically, it was the people who were fast closing it upon themselves. This was due to their willful obstinacy and disobedience to God’s revealed will.
The prophet instinctively sought the welfare and salvation of his people and to be compelled to deliver a message of impending slaughter and a humiliating exile for the few survivors, grieved him sorely.
Jeremiah doubtless, fervently hoped that the nation would turn in repentance and walk again in the path of godly obedience: this surely would have forestalled the judgment to come.
God would have come to them instead with forgiveness, mercy and love.
Sadly, the leaders, priests and people persisted in their idolatry and sin.
The nation careered out of control, going from bad to worse thus making God’s judgment inevitable.
In the depths of his sorrows, Jeremiah tried to bottle up and restrain the word of God within him.
It was getting all too much for him.
Perhaps if he could remain silent, at least for a time, he could have enjoyed a brief respite and found a little peace.
But nothing could stifle the message of God within him; it burned in his soul, like an active volcano seeking to vent itself and erupt.
The prophet records some of the struggle in his soul.
He felt that God had somehow tricked him, and was giving this message of judgment to the wrong and completely unsuitable man.
Perhaps the prophet, in common with the rest of the people, had grown so accustomed to think of God solely, in the terms of love and mercy.
To the typical Jew, God’s judgment was reserved for the Gentile nations that did not know Him. They thought God would only act for the salvation and deliverance of His people. To think otherwise was a considerable wrench for someone like Jeremiah
The prophet’s message tore away the façade of superficial worship and “lip service” paid to God by the people and held to the “light” the kingdom’s idolatry, corruption and spiritual bankruptcy
God’s imminent coming instead of an expected source of blessing and hope was instead a visitation as Judge and executioner.
The only remedy for the back-slidden people was repentance and reformation: of which there was, as yet no evidence.
One could imagine Jeremiah thinking, “Surely God could have raised up some one like Elijah to deliver this message of judgment. He would have stood like an “oak tree” against this storm of reproach: Why did he choose someone like me? I feel like a plant in the desert, withering from the heat of the sun”!
Jeremiah no doubt, sorely felt every hurtful barb and took to heart every sarcastic sneer.
He bewailed his appointed lot and resented every aspersion made against his character and patriotism.
Yet it was to this “sensitive soul” that the Word of the Lord came and no plea of inadequacy on Jeremiah’s part was sufficient to dissuade God from His choice.
Regardless of his own feelings and despite all of the consequences, this man of God fulfilled his divinely appointed task and faithfully proclaimed the Word of the Lord.
Jeremiah was not the only one who suffered during this pivotal period in Judah’s history.
Baruch the son of Neriah, Jeremiah’s secretary and amanuensis, took some of the “flack” from the affronted and disgruntled leaders of the nation.
The role he played in the proclamation of God’s sobering message cost him dearly.
Baruch appears to have been a relatively young man with perfectly natural hopes and aspirations for the future. These were to be greatly curtailed by soon occurring, prophesied events.
Baruch’s intimacy and collaboration with Jeremiah in his ministry, made his life difficult and perilous. Added to this, the prospect of impending conquest and foreign exile quashed many of his hopes for the future.
So profoundly did this effect him that God in his mercy, addressed his sorrowful state.
45 When Baruch son of Neriah wrote on a scroll the words Jeremiah the prophet dictated in the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, Jeremiah said this to Baruch: 2 “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to you, Baruch: 3 You said, ‘Woe to me! The Lord has added sorrow to my pain; I am worn out with groaning and find no rest.’ 4 But the Lord has told me to say to you, ‘This is what the Lord says: I will overthrow what I have built and uproot what I have planted, throughout the earth. 5 Should you then seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them. For I will bring disaster on all people, declares the Lord, but wherever you go I will let you escape with your life.’”Jeremiah 45: 1-5
Faithfulness to God’s Word often involves heartache and suffering.
Sadly, many today shirk their duty and studiously avoid the unpleasant truths that God calls them proclaim and the holy life they are commanded to lead.
We all have hopes and aspirations in this world but we also know that this “world is passing away and the lust of it” 1 John 2:17.
We have an uncertain lease on our earthly life with no guarantee of health and prosperity.
The Christian’s call requires the setting aside of our own interests, hopes and desires and our seeking to faithfully fulfill our duty in serving God and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jeremiah’s message was not all death and despair. Beyond the gloom the light of hope shone.
Behold, I will attend to you for the evil of your doings,” says the Lord. 3 “But I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and bring them back to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. 4 I will set up shepherds over them who will feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor shall they be lacking,” says the Lord.
5 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord,
“That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness;
A King shall reign and prosper,
And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
6 In His days Judah will be saved,
And Israel will dwell safely;
Now this is His name by which He will be called:
THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. (Jeremiah 23:2b-6)
Let us be faithful and obedient to His Word and service even when the consequence for our obedience is to be hated and persecuted!
The Lord knows those who are His and will reward their faithfulness to His Truth.