Maybe the reason so many people say God doesn’t lead them today is because people keep saying, “He can’t.”
Think about it.
If someone kept saying (or believing) that He doesn’t or won’t or can’t do something today in 2016, then why would He?
He has nothing to prove to anyone.
My sheep hear My Voice, and I know them, and they follow Me: – John 10:27
My prayer is that God moves in people’s lives so big that they cannot help but see Him work in their lives (and then share it.)
I get it.
I was 40 something before I ever “felt called” by God to do something. I remember vaguely what life was like before that but life is WAY more satisfying after finally beginning to walk in faith.
The truth is that I have heard about Jesus my whole life but I never realized I wasn’t giving Him my time (which is something I believe He wants from everyone.)
My time was my god and God wants NO OTHER gods before Him.
You know how I know this?
Because He says
You shall have no other gods before Me. – Exodus 20:3
I mostly lived every day -for years- without a thought or prayer asking God what He may want me to do with the time He gifted to me.
It’s funny when you tell people you feel God tugging on your heart to do something.
Many will probably tell you it’s not true or it can’t be done.
The thing I can’t figure out is…
Do Christians really not believe God -The Creator of everything- is big enough to put a dream in someone’s heart?
Or is it that He just wouldn’t choose a certain person to give a God-sized dream to?
WE (humans) mostly decide stuff by how someone looks or their credentials or status or bank account or whatever. (By the way, I can’t find it in The Bible where God is actually impressed by all that.)
Something I do read about God says this:
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7
Over the past couple years I’ve learned that when you share that you feel called by God to do something, lots of people are quick to tell you how wrong you’re doing it.
Or they’ll tell you how they would do it.
Or they’ll even be upset that you’re not doing it how they SEE you should be doing it.
Some people tell us “THIS is how it works” and continue on to tell us how they would be doing it. “Do this thing. Then this. Then this. And there you go. That’s gotta work.”
Thank you. (Sincerely.)
Where is faith in that?
Where does faith come in?
How would faith work into this if I try to accomplish this on my own?
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing. – John 15:5
I’ve heard of people who kick the doors down and don’t wait for God to open them and I’m CERTAIN I do NOT want to do it that way though I’ve tried my way and my timing for many other things in the past. (And it didn’t work out well then, either.)
It’s no secret that I feel April 1st is a very important date and I had felt like God may be moving us April 1, 2014, but maybe the April 1st thing is truly God letting me know He’s calling us to live out our faith even when it looks foolish to others. And we’ll keep on doing it as long as He keeps opening doors and leading us to do this work.
Someone came to tell me (a couple years ago) that I didn’t know what I was talking about and that “God doesn’t work that way anymore.”
Hebrews 13:8 says
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
I’m glad that happened (though I wasn’t at the moment) because I realized something important. God didn’t put a year on my heart.
There are a lot of Aprils in the world.
There’s an April every year.
And we can look back more than 15 years ago to see how God was already doing this work in us. (We just didn’t know how or when or where or that it was for homeless people at that time. We did know it was a church camp kinda place and it was for teenagers.)
What I do know is that after God put it on my heart and began opening doors to this move to Alaska to open a homeless teen place, I was pacing, excitedly, back and forth one day in our house in Texas, “God, Okay. Got it! Alaska Homeless Teen Center! Now how can I make this happen? HOW do I do this?”
That’s the day He put it on my heart that HE is the ONE DOING this and our family is just to be obedient to what we feel He’s calling us to do.
Whew! Okay. That sounds a lot easier than me trying to figure all this out!
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. – James 1:27
So if God tells us to help orphans and we feel He’s literally calling us to go do that, don’t you think He’s big enough to provide the way?
People tell us to use our best logic. (Logic is not found in The Bible, by the way. I checked recently.)
But God says
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean NOT on your OWN understanding; in ALL your ways submit to Him, and HE WILL make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5-6
So we’re going to choose to believe Him.
God is The Author of time and if He’s put a dream in your heart, He will be faithful to complete it. He knows what we need to do the work and He is not limited to a budget of people or supplies or money. (Thankfully!)
People may begin to tell you that it’s not possible or other silly things. (The truth is that if we were ALL doing what God is calling us to do then there wouldn’t be time left for people to critique what He’s calling YOU to do.)
We don’t have to grow up, get a degree, have a billion in savings, gather a committee, find supporters, or anything like that. If we follow Him, He’s got the rest.
Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I WILL MAKE YOU fishers of men.” – Matthew 4:19
When you share a dream He’s given you, it may really take you by surprise who is not supportive.
God may ALSO surprise you by giving you peace and confirming that support will come from where HE wants it to come from (and that’s pretty cool.)
All I can figure about that is that He will provide how HE wants to provide. (Perhaps He’s not wanting a certain person’s name or church’s name on it “so that none can boast.”)
Pray for peace confirmation when someone is not supportive. He’s got this. And He’s bigger than people realize.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “As the Heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. – Isaiah 55:8-9
People may tell you that you’re not doing it fast enough. (For who? For them?)
So many people want everything faster in 2016.
But what about waiting on The Lord?
Waiting on God in 2016 looks… well, foolish. (April 1st kinda foolish, maybe.)
Some people tell us our family is not doing enough because we’re waiting on Him. Some people think we should be doing MORE as we wait on Him. More what? Planning my way? Saving my way? I couldn’t make this happen His way if I’d known about it my whole life.
Waiting on God is a form of worship in itself.
(God says you’ll be persecuted for your faith so I’m not surprised to be persecuted. It was just a little surprising that it comes mostly from other Christians.)
We’re doing what we feel we’re supposed to be doing as we wait on Him, which actually is enough.
We’re not going back and we’re not giving up as long as He keeps opening doors and leading us to this work.
We’re asking, seeking, and knocking, and He WILL open doors in His timing and in His ways.
I can’t find it in The Bible that we’re to figure it out on our own and gather the resources on our own.
Besides, if we did this ourselves, then how would that be giving glory to Him? How would that show His Power and not mine?
“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. – Luke 11:9-10
He’s got this.
[More about this Alaska homeless teen place here. Prayers are always welcome here.]