I should write some inspiring word that’s meticulously crafted. I’m speaking at two retreats tomorrow and I should probably have those five great points that make a winning blog post.
But I can’t. There’s so much on my heart I’d betray myself and you if I did. I find myself in an odd place – a place of complete love for God, desiring to drink in His fullness and the power of who He is, to be about His work one hundred percent of the time, and also in a place of messiness, meaningless and a world so in need of Him.
Meaningless in the news coverage of an NBA franchise owner who might lose his team.
Meaningless that a portion of our country lost everything and it’s on the back page of the paper.
Meaningless in hearing a child saying over and over again that no one wants her and I can’t give her the hope of Jesus Christ.
Meaningless of affluence, of ignorance, and everything in between that isn’t what God calls us to.
Solomon that similar thoughts – everything is meaningless under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 3 tells me there’s a time for everything.
- A time for weeping and a time to laugh,
- a time to plant and a time to uproot.
- A time to mourn and a time to dance,
- a time to be silent and a time to speak
Ecclesiastes 3:14 says, “I know that everything God does will endure forever, nothing will be added to or be taken away.”
This gives me hope and strength in the sovereignty and power of God. I know these words are true. Everything God does in moments, big and small, will endure forever.
From these words, I know everything isn’t meaningless.
They allow me to find God in simple moments, when a parent is willing to get their child the help they need. When a child says, “God’s so busy, so I don’t pray about my problems, I just pray about Grandma” and I take a risk in telling him God isn’t too busy to hear his problems, too.
In moments when I look into the tear-filled eyes of a young black boy because his pain is too great to put into words.
I feel crippled.
Crippled by the status quo, what’s politically correct, what’s theologically appropriate to talk about in church settings. Crippled by affluence that masks the needs and the ability for God to work in His fullness.
If there’s a time for everything, I’m ready for the time of God’s power to burst forth from His people and from His churches. I’m ready for a revival to come from the people of God who will believe in the powerful work God wants to do – through you, through me, through each of us.
God’s not dead and heaven is for real...not just on the movie screen. I wonder if He’s asking us to move outside our comfort zone. If we believe He is who He says He is, then let’s get going.
What has God been whispering for you to do? Have you heard Him nudge your heart to act on something that seems ridiculous, out of the ordinary, against the status quo? Join me by believing the power of God in stepping out. When it’s His doing, nothing can be added to it and nothing taken away (Eccliastes 3: 14).
Now is the time – what has God been calling you to do?
Oh, Lord Jesus, will you cause our hearts to listen to what you desire us to do that’s out of the ordinary, that you want us to act on? Will you help us believe in your power that’s bigger than our fears? Will you draw each reader to ask you, “Lord, what is it time for me to do?” Thank you that you meet our every need (Phil 4:19)
Will you share what God is nudging you to do?