Aaron Summers

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4 Choices That Put You on the Naughty List

In Life and Culture on December 18, 2014 at 3:46 pm

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With just a few days left until Christmas, I will soon find myself in a pile of wrapping paper, tape, boxes, and bags.  Do you find it hard to keep Jesus the main thing at Christmas?  I think we all struggle.  December has become the busiest time of year: purchases, packages, office parties, school functions, kids/grandkids, family responsibilities, and travel plans.  If you tack on any colds or flu then Christmas can be a headache!  As you finish up your shopping and begin to hit the road, consider these 4 naughty list items to avoid this year and 1 nice choice.

Naughty Choice #1 – We make it external.

Never has there been as much behavioral change as there is from Black Friday on!  We all want to keep the floodgates open.  However, when it come to the heart behind the season, let us not forget that important emotion – Love.  Love is the reason we celebrate.  Love is the reason we can act this way.  Let this season mean something.  Let the gift exchanges mean something to you.  Let Christmas soften your heart. The Pharisees were well-known for their outward appearance but inward stain.

Naughty Choice #2 – We make it professional.

I often remind my kids that Christmas is not only about the money they will get from different people in their lives.  While that may be a reality, it becomes more than sport at times!  Those in retail have to face you people each day.  As a result, it becomes easy to be jaded.  Others will give so they will receive.  When we make Christmas more about the quality of the LOOK of the gift we walk dangerously close to this naughty line.  Christmas is not business.  Christmas is the heart of God spilling out into the world through the coos of a baby boy.  Christmas is not just a time to make double wages.  Christmas is family and love.  The Scribes missed Jesus because they were too busy working and making money.

Naughty Choice #3 – We make it secular.

I am calling for a bit of moderation from ends of this spectrum.  While some would ban Santa and claim him to be Satan (Just rearrange the letters), others embrace him in idolatry.  I answered this here.  I mention this only that Christmas has become big business and we can get caught up in the Griswold phenomenon that is lights, trees, and a show.  We make it all about us and the entertainment of it all.  We love the magic, lights, and joy but forget the real issues.  The Sadducees were all about the culture.  They missed Jesus because He wasn’t “cultural” enough.

Naughty Choice # 4 – We make it political.

Like baseball, Christmas is a national pastime.  We have our traditions, right or wrong.  My family makes cookies on Christmas Eve, plays games, and watches Polar Express.  We have done this since the movie premiered.  This will make our 10th year.  You have your own traditions that you cling to dearly.  Our traditions are coming under fire.  Every year we see fights and litigation about using Christmas in phrases.  If my saying Merry Christmas offends you, too bad.  The ENTIRE point of this holiday is to celebrate Christ!  However, if believers would put Christ back into their Christianity we wouldn’t have this mess.  The Essenes missed Jesus because they were too caught up in the political minutia to see Him.

Nice Choice – Make it relational.

Born out of a desire to have a relationship with humanity, Jesus was conceived in Mary by the Holy Spirit.  God and humanity are separated by sin and those naughty choices.  But in His love for you, He gave His only Son to fulfill the requirements of the law once for all.  God did that for you.  He gave His all.  What have you given Him?  He wants a loving, lasting relationship with you.  Making Christmas relational means to focus on family more than stressing out over the food.  Being relational means to seek forgiveness and redemption more than long-held grudges and angst.  Being relational could mean spending a little less money and a little more time.  You may think you can buy their affection now, but it will not last.  Simeon and Anna saw Jesus because they were thinking relationally.  Are you?

 

Can You Relate?

In Chrisian Life on July 31, 2014 at 7:26 am

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I had breakfast with a friend the other day and we were discussing the woes of the economy and how each at our respective churches were having to prioritize ministry and be efficient in our expenditures. During this conversation we began wondering how efficient economically our massive programming really is.

How can we do things better?
How can we make a difference?

I believe that if we would embrace a paradigm shift from regulatory to relational religion we would see a dramatic increase in ministry productivity. How do we make this shift?

The first thing to do is to move past the past. Calvin Whitman, pastor of Applewood Baptist Church in Colorado, in his sermons based on Exodus says that “the past is to be a guidepost…not a hitching post.” I concur. So often we fondly look back at the past and the nostalgia is so thick we cannot find our way back to the present. We hitch our lives, our ministries, our churches to the ways of the past. The past is something we are to remember without replay. We are to recall the past, but live in the present. Our present is vastly different in the information age as we experience a doubling of intelligence every few years with increasing speed.

In order to move past the past and begin our transition from regulatory to relational religion we must understand the principle of reciprocity. This principle, as I define it here, means that we extend the same amount and kind of grace extended to us. Relational religion expresses this type of grace. Regulatory religion tends to hand out guilt and shame by holding on to your past and bringing it up every time there is an opportunity. Regulatory religion operates out of power by setting up levels of sin and disciplining through calling out, shame, shunning, etc. Other ways to express discipline include glares and stares, whispers in hallways, and silent treatment. Who wouldn’t want to go to that church? This is the exact point I am making. Relational religion does not create levels of sin but levels out sin since all sin is equal in God’s eyes. Relational religion does not feel a need to discipline to make ourselves feel better but to disciple to make others fully devoted followers of Christ. Relational religion loves people as they have been loved rather than focusing on the hatred of sin. Operating out of a negative position creates negative results. Regulatory religion is not a healthy approach. Further, regulatory religion exits when things get a little tough.

When the addict relapses do we exit or encourage?
When the marriage is dissolving do we exit because of their lack of faith or do we encourage them through love and devotion?

These type of questions go straight to the heart of our religion. We must not only move past our past, but also move past other people’s past. Love keeps no record of wrongs. Let’s move past the past.

Can you relate?

3 Critical Decisions to Achieve Strength and Victory

In Chrisian Life on June 19, 2014 at 10:01 am

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In his book, You Lost Me, David Kinnaman presents that our youngest generation uses different phrases to describe themselves than do the prior 3 generations.  The former generations used words like smarter, work ethic, values and morals, honest, and respectful.  Our youngest use these words:  technology use, music and pop culture, smarter, and clothes.

Did you see that?

What I am finding also is that many parents of these, in trying to stay “cool” and “hip”, are ignoring words like work ethic, values, morals, and respect too.  Though it does bother them, their guilt overcomes them and they strive to be BFF’s with their kids.

What does this have to do with God?

In Romans 12:1, Paul writes

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.    Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

No doubt he was aware of what God had instructed in the Old Testament in Numbers 28-29.  While Jesus established a new covenant, He did not want us to disregard the value of worship and the work it takes to maintain a proper relationship.  Because our youngest (and parents), do not understand work, they want a relationship with God in which they do not really have to do anything.  Here are few observations:

  • People look to get than give.  Many people attend church to get something out of it or God.  Attendance is used as leverage to acquire wants from God.  So many find a church home based on what they, and their kids, can get from the church.  If we all took this approach, there would be no workers/helpers to make this happen.  We are to look to give more than get.  Additionally, if someone does not feel they are getting enough out of this relationship with God they will find some other god to worship:  work, family, entertainment, and leisure.  Our minds are so befuddled and our hearts so black that we demand everything but give nothing.
  • People engage by convenience not commitment.  If there is nothing on the schedule, families make it to church.  Forget daily reading in the Bible, who has the time?  We are driven toward so many things and God is put on the back burner in order to complete all the other tasks that feel more pressing.
  • Definition of active member has changed. 20 years ago an active church member was defined as one who attends 3 times a week.  Today, it is one who attends 3 times a month.  For those in church leadership this does come as a surprise.  We have watched this occur and fretted over it!  While a prevailing thought would be that church attendance does not really matter, I think Scripture would disagree.  Certainly, the relationship is greater than the religion. Yet, the religion is an outpouring of the relationship.  Lack of commitment and a desire to receive marks an immaturity and lostness among our people.

For the believer and the church to be strong healthy and victorious again here are 3 critical decisions to achieve strength and victory from Numbers 28-29.

  • Daily is the goal – make time to relate with God rather than relay wants.  Dialogue with Him through prayer and Bible reading.  Every day the Israelites made a sacrifice.  It took time and cost some as well.  Trusting God with some of your best time is a step of faith He will honor.  Who knows? You might find yourself more productive.
  • Decide to be regular – God gave the principle of regularity.  They had daily, weekly, monthly, and special times to sacrifice/worship God.  When families are only making it in 3 times a month to church coupled with an irregular relationship, the unit breaks down and the individual parts crumble too.  Attend Bible Study and Worship regularly and with a cheerful heart.  Start spending moments each day with God.  Be regular and watch your joy begin to overflow and life to be more satisfying.
  • Determine to be honorable – God gave specific instructions on what and how to give.  The honorable choice was to give the best, the first, and do it with joy.  Whether we are discussing our time, our abilities, or our money are you giving your best, your first, and doing it with joy?

Pigeon-Holed

In Chrisian Life on September 23, 2013 at 9:12 am

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For years, I would periodically dump out my dresser drawers and put everything back in its place.  Since everything had a place it was best if it all was right where it was supposed to be.

I have friends who have difficulty going through lunch lines because they do not want their food to touch.  In fact, they do not want to discuss that it does touch in digestion.

We have been taught by our culture that every part of our lives should be kept separate from the others, like this pigeon-hole structure.  In the same way we think our clothes have special places and our food should not touch, we want the different areas of our lives not to touch, or overlap.  We compartmentalize.  We have our God time (church, prayer, Bible reading, etc), work time, family time, leisure time, personal time.  Often we treat these times as if they were pigeons in holes.  We take one out at a time and play with it them choose another.  We would not dare take two out a time because that could get messy and chaotic.  We want control.  We demand it.  So we pigeonhole everything in our lives.

Here is the problem.  Our lives were designed differently.  Each of us have a life-center.  Whatever, or whomever, resides in the center controls the whole.  While we struggle to segregate, God has designed us to integrate.  There is but one position in the life-center.  All decisions, behaviors, and emotions are filtered through this center.  What, or who, is at your center?

Is it money?
Is it family?
Is it children?
Is it self?
Is it pride?
Is it community?
Is it church?Is it morality?

What we truly need is something at our center that will never fail, stumble, or leave.  Only God fits that description.  All of your life is already filtering through the center.  You make decisions based on your center.  You behave according to your center.  You react to pressure or pain based on your center.  Because you were divinely designed to worship, we worship what is at out center.  Whatever you have at the center of your life right now is what gives you identity, significance, and purpose.

Stop trying to make a list.  You only need one thing.  What will you choose?

 

Breaking Free

In Chrisian Life, Decisions on July 29, 2013 at 9:45 am

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Rules.

Some would say rules are made to be broken. Others would say that rules are rigid and can never be adjusted.

Many rules I find are a response to something that happened. Several kids died one night after prom and my High School eliminated proms for a several years. A company’s generosity was taken for granted so all pro bono work was eliminated. A restaurant was losing money from employee discounts and removed that benefit. A church had a vote go the “wrong” way and removed all voting privileges to church members under 18. In nearly all instances we find rules to be a reaction too an event. Those in leadership react to an event that was out of their control or grip of power and seize the opportunity to make a rule or law that reflects their feelings.

Often we behave in the same manner. My Dad would never allow me to go to a school dance. He had his reasons and none of them I agreed with as a teenager. What did I do? The summer I spent in away from them I attended every dance and club I could. I later called and told him what a grand time I was having too! I was being disciplined one time for a legitimate reason but re-arranged my work schedule to eliminate the rigors of discipline and make money at the same time.

It does not matter which side of the rule we find ourselves, we try to get around it or reword it or control the moment. This verse is striking. Our culture likes to bend and break the rules. Our culture likes to rage against the machine. Many do not believe in rules and could never praise the legislators that make the rules. When it comes to God’s rules we tend to hear from critics that they are limiting and binding. How could anyone ever enjoy life under such rigid rules?

Yet, it seems, that someone far closer to the time than we are felt that he could be excited about learning the rules and then living within their construct. How do we manage our bent toward rebellion when it comes to God’s rules for life?

1. Take temptation seriously (Bible). The devil is always active in trying to get us to bend or break God’s rules. He is subtle. He is patient. He is meticulous. He will come to you slowly and in small chunks. We blow off so many actions as being benign when they are stacking up against you and will soon fall. The psalmist understood what it meant, and felt like, to break God’s rules. He knew the pain, loneliness, and guilt associated. He never wanted to feel that again. He took them seriously from that point.

2. Delight in God’s Word (Bible). The writer praised God as he learned the rules. He understood the value of God’s commands. Essentially he skipped along in his heart as he learned the rules and applied them to his life. God, who is holy, has developed a righteous construct in which we are to live. Because God is holy and righteous we can be assured that he has our best interests on mind.

3. Realize the power of 3 (Bible). There is big difference in addition and multiplication. One, as it has been sung, is the loneliest number. Two is better because there is help. However, 3 is greater. If you took three ropes that each could handle 50 lbs and braided them together they could pull far more than 150lbs. There is strength and support in a group of people that cannot be found alone. We must begin to do life together in our churches. The support and help needed to walk uprightly is found in a group of trusted friends. I was told by Ed Newton that your 3-5 closest friends (inner circle) must be developing followers of Christ. Otherwise you will fall prey to the tricks of the Devil.

Breaking free is bout loosening the chains of pain, shame, and loneliness by embracing the righteous rules God has put into place to increase your joy!

Crooked Roads

In Chrisian Life on July 23, 2013 at 6:46 am

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Proverbs 3:6

In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight

 

I think it was the moonshine!  I can’t prove it but I think it had something to do with it.  I grew up where the roads were not straight.  On the 8-mile road trip to one school I attended there were 2 “dead man” curves.  You would travel east to get west and south to get north.  As a child who cared?  As a burgeoning adult learning to drive it was something more important.  The first time I took my wife back home she got sick on the roads because of their curvy nature.  I had not yet adapted out of them and didn’t pay attention to my speed.  I was whipping around the corners and curves on nearly two wheels.  She was green and scrambling for a bowl!  When we moved to Oklahoma it was a vastly different situation. Because the state was divided up into sections the roads were laid out on one-mile squares and they were straight!  I recall the first couple of years remarking how easy it was to get around.

It was so much easier to go straight!  While I understand that roads go around the mountains rather than through them for economic reasons they are still easier to travel straight.  So many times my life has felt like that road sign.  I twist and turn instead of just going straight!  The Bible says to acknowledge, or think about, the Lord in all of our ways and He will make our paths straight.  Consider these areas of your life:

  • Marriage / Dating
  • Parent and/or Child
  • Work or School
  • Friends
  • Family
  • Passions
  • Recreational Choices
  • Vocabulary and Speech

The Bible says that we are to acknowledge Him.  What does that mean?  I am sure it does not mean a casual wink-wink- nudge-nudge affair.  To acknowledge God is to recognize His position.  If you have placed faith in Jesus and turned over your life to God then He holds the highest position.  Before faith, Satan owned you and made you feel warped and crooked.  Now that you have placed faith in Jesus, God owns you and wants to make those paths straight.

Demolition.  In order to do that the old road has to be demolished so a new road can be put into place.  There is no use trying to sort out what can and can’t be used of that crooked path we called a life.  Let it be demolished and a new one put in its place.  There will be sentimental value in some areas but the price you pay is far less than the pain of regret.

Dig.  The straight road often goes through the mountains rather than around.  God wants to tunnel through some of your issues and problems.  In God’s economy this is the best option.  He can afford the upfront cost and understands that a straight road travels faster than a crooked one.

Develop.  A new road must be built and begins with layering the dirt and packing it down.  A good foundation is required otherwise the road will fall apart.  The Bible says that Jesus is that firm foundation

Drive.  Out on the open road of forgiveness and freedom is exhilarating!  Get in.  Buckle up.  Hold on.  Throw your head back and laugh with the Lord Jesus today!

Trivial Pursuit

In Chrisian Life, Commitment, Decisions, Uncategorized on July 16, 2013 at 11:39 pm

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Pursuit.

Over the years, I have pursued many things. Haven’t you?

  • As a child I pursued longer skids on my bike and how long I could hold my breath.
  • As I got a little older I pursued Jenny down the street.
  • As a youth, I sought friends in whatever way it took. I pursued girls relentlessly. I worked to earn money to spend on those pursuits.
  • In college, I pursued grades and girls and money for the latter.

Later I pursued God and it helped me put everything into perspective! I had placed faith in Jesus at 8 but had not developed that relationship. For that reason, I had many trivial pursuits. Bike skids left scars on my knees. Girls brought drama. Seeking friends at all costs really costs you more than you can pay. Grades were good but did not satisfy and money came and went. However, God made all the difference.

On this pursuit of God I ran across a verse I had not noticed before.

So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. (Romans 14:19 ESV)

In the midst of our many and various issues and differences God wants us to pursue peace. Jesus would preach that the peacemaker was blessed. Either way, we are to be active in the pursuit of peace. Do not be mistaken. Pursing peace is not about tolerance of immoral and unbiblical behaviors as our culture presents. Paul is writing to the church. Those who are followers of Jesus are to pursue peace among ourselves. The ramifications of chaos in the church body is irrelevance in the community.

We are to also pursue the development of each other. We are to help one another deepen our relationship with God and increase our love for humanity. Sound familiar? Jesus said those two things were the two greatest commandments. It is no wonder Paul writes that we are to help one another do that better.

Don’t waste your life pursuing what cannot satisfy. Pursue God.

Jesus Thumped

In Chrisian Life on July 15, 2013 at 6:39 am

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Attitude is everything.

This is something I drill into my kids a lot! As a parent I am bombarded with questions that surround what is happening next, or can we do ____ ? My kids have learned that it all depends on attitude. Sometimes I receive a poor attitude or response. In those moments of disrespect or improper attitude they get thumped on the head. We have some young friends who are close to us that have attitude and other issues and they are learning to think before they speak!

I find myself going to God often with the same questions just in a grown-up style.

When will the blessing come?
When will the prayer be answered?
Why did I lose my job?
Why can’t I find someone nice to date?
God can you just “fix” my spouse or children or parents?

Other times I have a bad attitude about things.  I may not like a decision and want to complain or be in a bad mood.  God has His reasons.  The problem is my attitude toward His leadership and position.

These questions and attitudes often come back with the same answer, “Depends on your attitude.” As I read God’s Word it sometimes feels like I get thumped on the head. Consider Romans 14.

5 One person considers one day to be above another day. Someone else considers every day to be the same. Each one must be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 Whoever observes the day, observes it for the honor of the Lord. Whoever eats, eats for the Lord, since he gives thanks to God; and whoever does not eat, it is for the Lord that he does not eat it, yet he thanks God. 7 For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9 Christ died and came to life for this: that He might rule over both the dead and the living. 10 But you, why do you criticize your brother? Or you, why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before the tribunal of God.

I think that many of us want to look at other people rather than ourselves. You or I may believe that a particular activity is acceptable but another follower of Christ does not.  If they are in different churches it is not usually a big deal.  However, when these different beliefs or interpretations are in the same body it can create tension.  Paul wrote to the Romans about these differences.  At that time the differences were about types of meat they could buy in the market or the day observed for worship.

For us today, we find differences also.  Ours are music style, the way we dress, the version of Scripture we use, how often we attend church, the decorations, the seating options and arrangements, the type of church service offered, choirs, praise teams, or even where the piano is on the stage.  All of these items are preferences that we have somehow spiritualized into moral absolutes.  Like the meat and day options in Romans 14, there are people on both sides of every issue saying they are the holier for being on that side of the difference.

Thump.   We, like the Romans get Jesus thumped.

We all stand before God.  Why should we fuss and fight over issues that are preference?  Christ died and rose again that we might have life and freedom .  The root issue is attitude.  Do I think myself holier than someone else?  Do I look down on others?  Do I judge others?  Do I criticize others?  Each should bow the knee before God and seek His Will for life every day.  Are you where you should be?  Are you doing what you should be doing?  Is your attitude in step with Jesus?

 

Getting Paid

In Chrisian Life, Decisions on July 3, 2013 at 1:51 pm

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Do you remember your first job?  My first job was at Wendy’s.  My favorite part was every two weeks when I would get paid.  The first check seemed to take the longest because I had to work two weeks before getting the check.  That felt like the longest two weeks.  At 17, I hadn’t completely learned the process of work then get paid.  Oh, how I have learned it since!  Every day I would clock in and work my shift and then go home.  I did that for 10 days and couldn’t wait for payday.  When I opened the envelope I was, as many have been, surprised at how much was taken out before it got to me.  I didn’t really care because I had money.  For the first time, I had money I had earned without the help of my parents.  It was a glorious feeling of freedom and maturity.  I took my girlfriend out to dinner and movie that next day to celebrate!!

Getting paid is a common occurrence though we may not consider it often.  We receive wages for everything we do.

  • Money is the most common way of getting paid.  We work and we receive money for our efforts.  This one is obvious.
  • Pain is not a pleasant consideration.  However, the wages for our actions come in many forms.  Depending on what your actions include, pain is quite possibly what you will get paid.  The poor relationship and the choices involved leave emotional scarring that can take years to remove.
  • Guilt and shame are also two forms of payment.  The sin that so easily entangles us will pay you in this way. God created us to live for Him.  When we sin, and we all do, we fall short of God’s glorious purpose for our lives.  Guilt and shame leave their mark on our hearts and minds.  While this is a form of pain, it is vastly different.  These wages lead to alcoholism, abuse, cutting, and more.  We fight to feel alive because the wages of sin are death.
  • Peace and joy come to those who follow after God and invite the Holy Spirit’s influence in and over their lives.  This is a gift of God given toward you as payment for faith.  Once you were at war with God, but now peace has come.  These are the best checks!
  • Cleanness is one way of speaking about sanctification.  Our scripture teaches that this is the wage you earn when living by God’s standards.

We all receive wages for every action.  You have the choice to make as to which ones you desire to earn.  God does not force you either way but leaves the choice up to you.  I have earned from both sides.  I assure you that God’s wages are much more beneficial and long-lasting!

20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free from allegiance to righteousness. 21 So what fruit was produced then from the things you are now ashamed of? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now, since you have been liberated from sin and have become enslaved to God, you have your fruit, which results in sanctification —and the end is eternal life! 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.       – Romans 6:20-23

We’ll See

In Chrisian Life, Commitment, Faith on July 1, 2013 at 9:35 am

He came in quickly asking about the latest movie that all his friends had seen.  “Can we see it?”, he anxiously asked.  His eyes had that look of desperation.  You could tell that this was something that had been discussed among everyone.  The pleading and begging started.  Dad answered, “We’ll see.”

She had just run in from a girl’s night and asked if she could get her belly button pierced.  The thought crossed her Mom’s mind that at least that wasn’t a nose ring or something worse and responded, “We’ll see.”

I find myself using that statement often these days!  With two kids, I am getting a lot of questions that get answered in the same way!  Though they might not believe it that statement does not always mean “No.”  Sometimes it does.  However, many times it depends on the attitude received and actions seen over the next few hours that determines the final outcome.  My wife and I have taken the position on extra-curricular activities that we wait to see if the topic is brought up more than once.  Our kids come home with notes nearly everyday.  Sifting through it all and examining the calendar gets difficult.  Each will run in and desire to do whatever the note is presenting.  Often we never hear of it again.  Our answer tends to be, “We’ll see.”  The more it comes up in conversation the more consideration it receives.  The final decision is not made because of nagging but what is in the best interest of them and fits within the scope and plan of our raising children in a culture set against Christ.

I am currently facing a particular challenge and am waiting on God.  I have done all that I can on my end but the answer has not come.  I have prayed.  I have cried.  I have begged.  I have pleaded.  There is no resolution yet.  It is as if God has said, “We’ll see.”

Has God ever given you that answer?

He believed in God, who gives life to the dead and calls things into existence that do not exist. 18 He believed, hoping against hope, so that he became the father of many nations according to what had been spoken: So will your descendants be. 19 He considered his own body to be already dead (since he was about 100 years old) and also considered the deadness of Sarah’s womb, without weakening in the faith. 20 He did not waver in unbelief at God’s promise but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 because he was fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.

Every day, every month, every year, Abraham would go to God and ask if it was time for the promise to be fulfilled.  God would say, “We’ll see.”  God knew when it would be the right time.  God had a plan and would not waver from that plan.  Abraham had to settle with waiting.

Are you waiting on God?  Have you begged for help? Or healing? Or a child?  Do you feel God has responded with “We’ll see.”?

Believe in God.  It all starts here.  Do we believe in the provision and power of Christ?  Do we believe that God can do all that He has promised?  Belief is not an automatic action.  We must choose to believe and often in the face of extreme challenges.  Abraham was getting old and Sarah was barren.  Your predicament is a calamity.  Your grief is deep.  Your unemployment is imminent.  Will you believe that God’s plan is best?  Will you believe that God’s power is certain?  Will you believe?

Do not waver.  The imagery Scripture gives here is like tall grass.  When grass is short it does not blow in the wind.  As time passes, the grass gets taller and will begin to blow with the wind.  As time passes on the needs of our lives it becomes easier to be like that tall grass.  We can blow with the winds of impatience, infidelity, and faulty instruction.  In these moments we must stand firm in the Word of God.  Stay focused on Scripture more than societal trends.  Talk to the Father more than Facebook.

Give glory to God.  Worship is a vital part of sticking with the plan and purpose of God.  Corporate and private worship is like finding water in a desert.  Waiting creates a parched spirituality unless we give thanks and glory regularly.

Attitude makes all the difference.  Will everything work out?  Yes.  Will it happen just like you desire?  We’ll see.

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