Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
I was asked recently why a lot of Christians seem to be stuck in the same place they have been for the last few years. No growth, maturity, wisdom, or vision. What is happening and why is this dull passivity being chosen as a way to exist? It seems like a level of maturity is reached and then it dwindles from that point to simply coasting along. Rev. 3:15 I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were cold or hot.
I think one of the answers is that most people who live a nominal Christian life are fearful that God will ask them to do something they do not want to do. They are afraid God will ask them to sacrifice something they do not want to sacrifice in their lives. Some believe wrongly that if they get too close to God, then God will expect impossible feats of grandeur from them. So they stay just outside of the range of God’s voice, so to speak, and allow the volume of the world’s activity to drown out God’s still small voice. Then when someone gets blessed beyond human measure, they whine and complain these blessings never happen to them.
I am not saying all Christians are living in this insipid miasma, but a lot of them are. What we need to realize is that we want God to come along and interrupt our lives and shake it up so we can be a history changer in the short time we have on this side of eternity. Eph. 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
When Gabriel visited Mary with the news that she would give birth to Jesus, her world had been interrupted severely. Luke 1:30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. Change was on the way like she had never experienced. God had interrupted Mary’s life and history was made.
Gideon is threshing wheat and hiding it from the Midianites when God interrupts his ho hum day of just getting by on what could be scrounged. Judges 6:12 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour. After Gideon got over the shock of being told he had been chosen to deliver Israel from the oppressors of the day, his interrupted life changed forever. Gideon went from hiding behind a wine press clipping coupons to meet his needs, to leading an army to victory with the Lord’s help.
The Samaritan woman who was dealing with relationship breakdown on a regular basis was on her way to draw water from the well when she was interrupted by Jesus who asked her for a drink of water. An everyday event turned into a life-changing blessing beyond her expectation of life and the men in it. John 4:28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, 29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? Come see a real man who interrupted my co-dependent lifestyle and gave me an understanding of my own heart. Come and see this man.
Saints, we want God to come and ask us to do something we do not want to do in our own strength. We want our world changed and interrupted by God so that our lives would be far-reaching into the possibilities of eternal grace.
Be encouraged that when God interrupts, it is for an eternal good and not some inconvenience to our shallow lives. You and God are a majority and a great team. Open your heart’s ear and hear what the Spirit is saying and let Him interrupt your day. Life may never be the same again. Jer. 33:3 Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Amen Lord, show me your possibilities in me.
Jeremiah 12:5 If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, in which you trusted, they wearied you, then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan? Finish strong, or...