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Home arrow Articles arrow I Never Promised You a Rose Garden!
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden!


I remember one of my first classes in Seminary, sitting and listening to a couple of seniors talk about their plans post-graduation.  One of them mentioned that with huge outstanding loans, remuneration would be the deciding factor in which church he would join.  I was intrigued.  Didn’t God have anything to do with it?  Did circumstances—in this case his loans—determine the path of one’s journey through this world?  

Years later I heard of another Pastor moving back to his home country after completing his theological education.  The Bishop posted him to a certain church that he didn’t like, and so he promptly turned around and went back to the land of his “studies.”  And then quite recently, in our search for a Hindi Pastor, a seminary student was approached.  His first question, even before getting to know the kind of church or job profile was, “How much will you pay me?”  

It makes me wonder.  What has happened to listening to the “still, small voice of the Lord?”  Has God started speaking to us only through our circumstances—the comfortable ones?  Or is it that we have determined beforehand how and under what circumstances we will listen to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?  That we have pre-conditions under which we listen, pre-conditions that involve staying within our comfort zones.  

God is not looking for arm-chair Christians, God is not looking for men and women of faith who will listen to Him only if their boat is not rocked.  No, God is asking us who bear His Name to follow Him unconditionally, whether it’s convenient, costly or detrimental to our well-being.  God is looking for an Abraham who will leave the comfort of Ur, a Moses who will walk into dangerous Egypt and a Peter who will boldly speak of His Master.  Because that’s where we will experience the fire of His Presence; that’s where we will experience the Power of His Word and that’s where we will see the transforming of lives—in the crucible, not in the arm-chair.

Is God calling you to live life a little dangerously?  Is He asking you to go out on a limb for Him, to speak about Him, to take a stand for Him or to travel with Him?  Then you need to be reminded that Abraham became the “Father of a Nation” because of obedience; that God brought the Israelites out of captivity because Moses went back to Egypt and that you and I know Him today because someone walked out of their comfort zone and said: “Here I am Lord, send me.”  And if that’s making you nervous, a little disquieted, certainly perturbed and very unsure, be comforted that each of them had their moments of doubt and reluctance, for an integral part of faith is doubt, but doubt didn’t prevail—faith did, and the rest is history.

What about you, Church?  Will you join me in saying with the song-writer?

I’ll go where you want me to go dear Lord;

I’ll say what you want me to say,

I’ll do what you want me to do dear Lord

I’ll be what you want me to be.

God bless you, strengthen you and overshadow you with His eternal Presence and power as you seek to walk in complete obedience to His will, undeterred by inconvenience, but fuelled by passion and great expectation.

Agapé,

Pastor

 
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