Straight Ahead

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Have you ever felt like you are lost in a whirlwind? Or perhaps, you are wandering around in a vast terrain with no clear path or direction, it just seems like you are walking in circles. Maybe you are in a church and you just don’t fit in. It seems you are a round peg trying to fit in a square hole and it is mighty uncomfortable. Just where do you fit in this thing we call life?

Quite honestly, the lack of direction, the questions about where do I belong, or how do I fit is more common than you know. It might be for a season or in some cases last years. Sometimes, the discomfit comes when the Lord begins prodding us to move along. It might be a different job, a physical move or even a spiritual move by changing churches. At times, when we fail to heed His prompting, He will allow things to become so painful that it becomes a ‘move or die’ situation.

I thought about the small family group of Jacob’s that traveled to Egypt. They picked up lock, stock and barrel to go where the Lord had made provision. But why didn’t they return to their homeland after the drought was over? After Joseph’s death and all the good he did for Egypt forgotten, his people were enslaved, enslaved to a nation that ruled with iron fist. How dis-heartened they must have felt. From the time the sun came up in the morning until late in the evening, they were at the beck and call of their task-masters.

Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph had been dead for many years and for 400 years their descendants endured the hardships of slavery in Egypt. They watched their sons murdered and the sick worked to death. There was no end in sight. They needed Jehovah, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They NEEDED a change. They needed a savior, a deliverer. They didn’t know how, what or who but something had to give. They were tired of being slaves and never knowing what freedom was like other than a dream.

And then: (I just love “and then” in the Word.) And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. Exodus 2:24. Had the Lord really forgotten His covenant with Abraham and his descendants? I don’t think so; maybe He was waiting for them to remember Him. Maybe that’s how it seemed to them. In Psalms it says that they forgot about the Lord. Maybe He was waiting until they came to the end of their rope and started seeking Him again.

No one had any hope or joy. But more importantly, no one had a vision for their future. Yet as they cried out to the Lord, He heard them and sent Moses. They were reminded of Jehovah’s promises. Hope began to stir in their hearts; maybe change could come to them. Maybe they could learn something besides slavery. Could it still be true that there was a special place for them? And that same question applies to each one of us today. Could there be a special place for you or me today? YES, a resounding yes!

No matter where you are, the Lord is waiting for you. Are you walking closely with Him? Rejoice in that! Have you been struggling to find your place? You need a fresh vision and a hope for your future. Begin crying out and asking the Lord for wisdom and insight to find the place He has for you. Seek the spot that only you can fill through His grace and mercy.

If you are meant to sing – then sing. Maybe you are the one meant to stand and proclaim His Word. Or are you one who is meant to travel to faraway lands. Or is your place ministering to the broken of society. There is a place and a ministry for each one of us. No one is meant to simply warm a pew; the Lord has a call on the heart of every single one of us. And the greatest gift is knowing that even if we turn our back on it for a season, the Lord never turns His back on us. Amp. Bible 11:29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable [for He does not withdraw what He has given, nor does He change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call].

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