“And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore (Why) criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get me honour upon (over) Pharaoh, and upon (over) all his host, his chariots, and his horsemen. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon (over) Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.” Exodus 14:15-18
We are sometimes faced with crossroads in our lives in which we must choose whether we will take a step of faith or stay stagnant. Every day, God gives us an opportunity to take a step towards Him. If we lack the faith to move forward and follow Him, we do not grow and often take steps away from Him in the process. God uses the trials in our life to draw us to Himself and grow us in our walk with Him. He desires to show Himself mighty in our lives that He may get the honor and glory.
We had a conference in our church a couple of weeks ago in which the theme was spiritual counseling. I was excited to learn new things as we give counsel all the time without even noticing it. The counsel we give can be worldly counsel or godly counsel, depending on who we are listening to and what we are meditating on. The conference speaker started in Romans 5 and went into Romas 6. I was waiting for the part where he would tell us what to say when faced with questions from someone else who needed answers, but the conference did not go the way I expected. Instead, God used the verses in Romans to get a hold of my heart and point out some things I needed to make right.
It has been two weeks or so since the conference, and I already started to fall back into the things God was dealing with me about. I think of the hymn “Come, Thou Fount Of Every Blessing” which describes our sinful condition and how we are prone to wonder. I was on my way to my dad’s house when my cousin called me with saddening news that really shocked me. My cousin, his sister, had unexpectedly passed away, and my heart sank as I heard his words. I immediately called my wife to tell her when another call came in. It was the president of the Gideon’s Glendale Camp. He was calling me to tell me that he was resigning from the Gideon’s because his cancer had spread and there was really nothing more that could be done. He asked for prayer for him and his wife, and my heart sunk again.
I started to dwell on these things and it was as if God was telling me to evaluate my life, and He convicted me then and there about taking steps forward toward Him. He spoke to me through these events, and I began to evaluate the choices I was making to see if they aligned with eternity. I began to think on when my final day will be, and if God would be pleased with me when He called me home. God wants to do great and mighty things in and through our life, but we have to be willing to take steps forward in godliness. Jeremiah 33:3 states, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” We have to be willing to take a step a faith to walk between the walls of water and take the steps necessary to please Him. Life comes into perspective when you realize how short it really is.
Are you taking steps toward God or have you found yourself drifting away from Him? Are the things you are doing pleasing to Him? Are you ready to see Him face to face if He were to call you home? We know not the day nor the hour, but we do know that it is appointed to man once to die and after this, the judgement. May we follow our God wherever He leads us, and may we not hold onto the idols of this world which distract and pull us away from our God. What will it take for God to get ahold of your heart? What does He need to do to get your attention? God help us to number our days, and may we draw closer to Him in the days He gives us.
Stay in the fight!