I know. I know. I have been silent for a long while and it is partly a result of laziness but mainly because I have been struggling a bit spiritually and emotionally but that is neither here nor there at this point. What is important is that God used a friend of mine from high school and a blogpost from this blog (go figure 🙄😂) to remind me to use what I have which is a backlog of lessons I have recorded over the course of a year. So, until I regain my footing, I am digging into the unpublished archives and pouring myself out. Here goes:
Once upon a time, my daily bread reading referenced Mark 6:7-13 where Jesus asked the disciples to go out and preach taking nothing but a staff. Scary right? But they obeyed and experienced God’s provision because in Luke 22:35-38 when Jesus asked if they lacked anything when they did what He asked in Mark 6, they said no. The Lord will truly supply all our needs according to His riches in glory. Just have faith and move in boldness to do what He has called you to do.
Anyways, I ended up reading the whole of Luke 22 and two things struck me:
The first time Jesus sent the disciples out, He asked them to take nothing (Mark 6:7-13). The next time He talked about sending them out, He asked them to take some items (Luke 22:35-38). Sometimes we think we know God’s MO. “Oh since He told me this last time that must be how He wants me to do it this time.” Errrmmmm …. not necessarily. It is important to seek out what He is telling you NOW. What is His directive for you now? As God Himself said in Isaiah 43:19:
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
Never just assume that past instructions will work for current situations. He may end up giving you the same instruction but make it a habit to always check in.
Jesus was able to show compassion to the high priest’s slave even though He had come to take Him to be killed (Luke 22:47-53). How is this possible? So many times people act as the instrument of pain, etc in our lives and we dislike them etc etc. Maybe Jesus was able to rise above because He knew God’s grand plan and that God was intentional about everything He put Him through such that He was no longer looking at it as “X did this to me” and more of “God is using X to teach me Y.” So it no longer becomes about hating X or disliking X because it was never about X. How much easier would it be to love our enemies (Matthew 5:44) if we adopted the right perspective on the role they play in our lives. As Joseph said to his brothers “You meant it for evil but God meant it for good” (Genesis 50:20)
Stay blessed folks!!!