Pastor’s Desk August 19th

Scripture Passage:  And your ears shall hear a word behind you saying, “This is the way, walk you in it, when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left.”  Isaiah 30:21
Dear Friends,
     Ministry as well as life involves seeking God’s direction.  I have often found myself at a crossroad not knowing which way to go.  More than once I have agonized with God seeking a clear direction and revealed will for my life.  When these times occur there are two questions I always ask.  1. Lord, are you trying to tell me something?  2.  Is this a test of faith and obedience for me?  For example, Many times job opportunities have opened up and I have been called personally and asked to consider taking it. I did not go looking for it, it came to me.  Some would say God had opened a door of opportunity.  This could be, but I have been through doors God did not open, only to be disappointed because I followed my desires rather than Gods’.  The open door was a test that God allowed to see if I would truly seek His face instead of being consumed by an emotional rush.  Other times, I have been perfectly satisfied where I was and God opened a door challenging me to leave my comfort zone and take a leap of faith to follow Him. I have always been jealous of individuals who can make quick decisions in confident assurance of themselves.  They always seem to know what to do.  For me it has always been a long process of prayer, study of Scripture, and intense agonizing with God.  That is the reason sometimes I wish God would just say in an audible voice, “This is the way, walk in it.”  It would simplify everything.  On the other hand, there would be much one on one time with the Father I would miss.  The journey is often as important as the destination.
     I have some close friends and family who are going through this process right now.  Some are “super excited” about job opportunities that seem to be opening up for them.  It involves a move, a challenging ministry, and a fresh start.  They are certain God has opened a door of opportunity for them.  I just smile and say, “Just be sure this is what God wants and not just you.”  Others are struggling because they do not want to leave our church and the friendships they have made.  It is a journey into the unknown and often we do not feel adequate for the task at hand.  I lovingly remind them that if God calls you, He equips you for the job.  Either way, their relationship with the Lord is going to be challenged and deeply impacted.
     My advice is always the same.  Never do anything quickly without first seeking God’s direction.  Make these decisions a matter of prayer and supplication.  Search the Scriptures and ask God to reveal his will to you through His Word.  Seek Godly counsel from someone you trust.  Choose someone who will tell you what you need to hear and not just what you want to hear.  Be patient, but when God reveals himself to you (He will, and  you will know) move forward without any hesitation or regret.  In the words of Davy Crockett, “Be sure you are right, then go ahead.”  This is all part of God’s maturing process He has for His children.
In Christ,
Pastor Johnny