The congregation that I serve has been renting space for 10 years but today we looked at a potential building to buy. There are a lot of questions to be answered yet, but hopes are running very high with people. Selfishly, I/we want this building, but God is in control, and so we need to pray; listening and obeying. The following poem was birthed out of this praying…
To follow God is never easy
To follow God can make you queasy
But to keep your eyes on Him alone
Is to have your vision fully honed.
So trust and trust and trust even more
And God will present an open door
So don’t create your own self-made path
For you won’t enjoy the aftermath
there are many who misuse Your Word;
there are many who devalue the Scriptures.
I see and hear,
I read and peruse,
and my heart is saddened;
anger threatens to rear its ugly head
against those who do not understand.
may anger not control my actions
but rather compassion for those who are in err.
to those who take Your Word as something
to suit their own desires;
redefining Your Word according to the culture;
according to the masses.
to those who do not understand.
Grant ears of faith,
to those who do not and will not listen.
Grant me patience,
that I may be a steadfast beacon of light;
for this world needs Your Truth.
May I never back down
and may I never fail to glorify You.
In Jesus name I pray,
The Pastor -|—
For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.
[Galatians 1:10 ESV]
For the Christian in today’s world, the temptation is to please “man” as it were. It’s why we have seen so many churches sell out and preach a Gospel that is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ in order to attract the crowds. It’s why we have seen many Christians back peddle on what they first confessed to be the truth in order to fit in. It’s why many hard-core, Bible-believing, Jesus-faithful Christians are being persecuted today; accused of being hate-filled or discriminatory or old-fashioned. So the choice is to either buckle under; going along with the crowd or paddle upriver, as it were; being shot at from the shore. But to sell out and go with the crowd is not being a servant of Christ. And so, when put that way, I would rather please my Lord, who lives forever, than the lords of this world, who won’t live forever.
A wise mentor once told me, “If you find it easy being a Christian in today’s world, then you’re probably doing it wrong.” That makes a lot of sense, for you see, Jesus never promised that following him would be easy, rather, he promised that he would be with us always. And since that is the case, why not work to please the Lord rather than the lords.
So don’t worry if you are not pleasing “man”. Don’t worry if you are not popular. Don’t worry if the world seems to be against you. Don’t worry if you don’t fit in. Rather, rejoice that you have been found worthy to suffer for the Gospel. After all, it’s not about making people happy but rather living in the joy of the Lord; glorifying and worshiping Him. And who knows, your faithfulness to the Truth just may get noticed to the glory of God.
The Pastor -|—
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.
These watchmen have the night shift; standing watch on the city wall. They stand watch looking out for those who would want to harm the city, but as they watch, they are also looking for the rising sun. Why the rising sun? The rising sun meant morning and that meant they get to go home and be with their family. And so they waited for the morning; confident that the sun would rise. And they had every reason to be confident. I mean, from the beginning of time, the sun has risen in the morning as it was designed by God to do. And so these men wait; they wait for the rising sun. Confident.
Now consider what the psalmist is saying. His soul is waiting for the Lord and he is more confident in the coming of the Lord than the watchmen who wait for the sun to rise. The sun rises like clock work and even more reliable is the Lord and so his soul waits in hopeful expectation.
Oh weary soul, the Lord is coming, so wait in joyful expectation; being more confident than the rising morning sun. Oh weary soul, wait for the Lord, for He is coming for you.
The Pastor -|—