Thursday, March 13, 2014

You want me to do what????

In my LifeGroup we have been studying women of the Bible and how we can relate the things they went through to our lives today. When I think back over the ones we have studied so far it occurred to me that each one of them was required of God to do something extremely difficult. There's ..........

Rebekah: Who left her home and family to become the wife of Isaac, a man she did not know.
(Gen. 24 and 25:19-34)

Leah: A woman who because of the deceptive act of her father was married to Jacob a man who really wanted her younger sister.
(Gen. 29 and 30:1-24)

Hannah: A woman who prayed and sought The Lord for many years for a child and when He answered, she gave that child back to The Lord.
(1 Sam. 1:1-20)

Abigail: A woman who was put in the middle of a conflict between her husband Nabal and David.
(1 Sam. 25:1-39)

Now, before we start thinking that it's only the ladies that are asked to do hard things, there is Hosea, a prophet who was instructed to not only marry Gomer a prostitute but to take her back after she had abandoned him and their three children.

All through out The Word of God we see stories just like these. Stories of ordinary people whom God has called to go out of their comfort zone. Why then are we surprised when He requires us to do the same??? Maybe not on the same scale BUT if it's not in your normal character it is hard.

A few months ago He led me to take a step that was WAY out of my comfort zone. You see, there is a person very dear to my heart and The Lord lead me to write a letter that not only included my most heartfelt feelings, but also some words that person really needed to hear. Now, everyone that knows me can tell you this is not me. However, when you (as a sweet lady at church says) "know that you know, that you know something deep down in your knower" you must be faithful to do what He has instructed. I didn't just come up with this on my own it was truly Holy Spirit lead. I had really been struggling with a situation and it was weighing very heavy on me. One evening on the way home from work I knew that The Lord was telling me to just pray and fast about it. The next day was Saturday and I got up early and went to Saturday morning prayer at church. After prayer, there is ALWAYS a stop by the group at Jack's for breakfast. This particular Saturday I just went back home. I got out my Bible and began to just read in Psalms and Proverbs like I do when I just really don't know where else to read. No TV. No radio. No computer. Just me and God's Word. A few hours went by and I started to get sleepy. I fought it for awhile but soon there was no fighting. So, I stretched out on my couch and THE MOMENT my head hit the pillow all the things that needed to be said in this letter started coming to me. Six pages later it was all out there. I knew on Sunday that my pastor was supposed to pray over it but I didn't bother him because it was a very busy Sunday at AwakeningLife. I just could not shake that feeling.  On Monday I called Pastor Ant and just as he always will  he came right to my work and prayed over the letter and it went right in the mail. Now, I would like to tell you that this letter has made a difference in my life and the person's who received it. But I can only tell you half the story. 5 months have gone by and they have never acknowledged that they received it. I see them on a weekly basis and it's like nothing is different. Being a logical thinking person I can analyze this nine ways to Sunday and sometimes I do!!! I would also like to tell you that I no longer struggle with the situation but I do. However, I know that I did what I was asked of my Heavenly Father and that I can live with no regrets when it comes to that. I pray daily that I will get a reply or that I will have peace if I never do.

If you have read any of my past devotions you know that my most heartfelt desire is to find that person that God has for me. That is what this devotion is all about.

 If you know that God is telling you to do something that is out of your comfort zone just know that your not alone. I pray this devotion will inspire someone who is struggling with taking that step. Remember the words of Rom.8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

This devotion was written from the heart of Beth Reed. I would love to hear your comments.
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1 comment:

  1. Beth, I love you with my entire heart. I am so proud of you. Proud to work beside you in the Kingdom of Christ. Proud to worship God with you each time we gather together in the name of The Lord. VERY PROUD that even though it has been one of the most difficult times of your life you have laid down your flesh to do exactly what The Lord has ask you to do in life!!! It is not easy being a Christian. It is not easy following the instructions of God when it is out of our comfort zone. The thing is that you work hard for Jesus. Always wanting people to know that Jesus is coming soon. You have done what God ask you to do; word by written word. Your heart has been laid out there for the person that is the dearest to you to see. I am proud of you and so is Jesus! Standing for a reply :) Pamela Britt Malone