RAMBLING #1 God’s Correction
The Bible says: Whom the Lord chastens He loves. I remember back in my “I’m really really really Christian” days I and my sisters in Christ would brag about how “God” was straightening us out! We thought God would take us to the shed and get us! We even prayed that God would go “get” so-and-so! But then I learned that God’s love was not like man’s love and so I had to rethink Hebrews 12:6: “For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” (NKJV)
The Voice translation is a bit more palatable: “For the Lord disciplines those He loves, and He corrects each one He takes as His own.” (Hebrews 12:6 The Voice) I can understand discipline better than chastening and correcting better than scourging! Father God is not an abuser He is love. He will allow us to suffer the consequences of our actions and teach us the right way through His Word (2 Timothy 3:16). Good thing I am a follower of Christ and not a follower of the church.
RAMBLING #2 MOTIVATION
I changed churches not because it was not a wonderful place- it is, I just needed, really really really needed, a deeper study of God’s word. I have been going through some serious stuff and 10 in 10 was not going to cut it FOR ME. (Notice I said for me.) I use to be a regular participant in Les Browns Monday evening motivational calls it was encouraging but…. My Facebook friends post very encouraging phrases, Bible verses and quotes and I really like them; they are like temporary boost. I record Joel Olsteen on Sunday mornings, his messages are laced with biblical truths and very encouraging. I have not watched the past three Sunday messages- I just don’t have time for jokes. (I love your jokes Joel!) The question is: How motivating is all of this?
Motivational words, messages, can be like a cup of coffee, something to jump start your day but it will not sustain you.
I still listen to Andrew Wommack Ministries, I can listen to the same message over and over and over and over again and still learn something. Last night I attended Vision 101 which would be the equivalent of the New Members class in most churches. I was reminded of the importance of vision: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18 KJV
The problem with motivational messages: you have to be motivated to do something. If your life is a mess you need to ask: Are you being motivated to stay in your mess? Les Brown is very good at encouraging people to keep going despite the circumstances BUT his messages are based on people knowing where they are going. Many people think they have a vision but they are perishing.
“Where there is no vision from God, the people run wild, but those who adhere to God’s instruction know genuine happiness. Proverbs 29:18 The Voice
You can sit in a church Sunday after Sunday, attend Bible study classes, listen to all the motivational speakers you want it will not help if you are not headed in the direction God wants you to go in.
RAMBLING #3 MOVING ON
Moving on is easier said than done especially if there is emotion invested. It is hard to leave a job that you have been working at for years if you loved what you do. It is exciting yet sad when you move out of your childhood home into your own home for the first time. Divorce, death and other life events can force change. But there are other times when you need to move on but you feel it is optional.
I often tell a woman who is mistreated / abused by her husband that she can love him from afar. If you are married to a man who hurts you (emotionally or physically) then he has it backwards. He is supposed to love you “…just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her”( Ephesians 5:25 NKJV). Jesus loved us before we were born, while we are here on this earth and He will continue to love us- He does not have a bad day. You have got to move on- hard as it is to make that first step you can.
At some point a child is suppose to grow up and get out, unfortunately, children have become a part of many parents life plan. We are suppose to raise (train) our children in the way that he (or she) should go (Proverbs 22:6 KJV)- the operative word being “GO.” Far to many parents have dedicated their lives to their children and do not encourage their children to leave the nest. To be a responsible adult you have to have responsibility.
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6 NIV
Sometimes you can rebuild but you have to know if where you are now is where you need to stay. Other times you have to know when enough is enough.
God is not punishing you so don’t stay in a mess. Motivational speeches are good but when you are doing what God called you to do there is no need to listen to those early morning calls.
Develop a vision for your life, know what God wants you to do and do it. This will mean that you have to move on but it is OK. “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31 NKJV) RAMBLINGS COMPLETE!