Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Being Understood by God Alone


“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all yours ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”   
Proverbs 3:5-6  

A few days ago I received a panicked call from my mother.  Apparently she had heard (though my sister) that I was running for school board and she was calling to let me know that she was “worried” about me.  Without giving me a chance to talk, she followed her comment with many explanations that made complete and logical sense, that is from a worldly perspective.  In the past I have learned that it does not help in reasoning with my mother because when she gets something in her head, she is certain it is truth, even if it concerns itself with the lives of others, so I had to be very careful about how I responded to her panicked call.

First, I had to start off by confronting the half-truth she had heard.  Yes, the school board position was out in front of me.  No, I had not yet agreed to run, but at the same time God has been gently pushing me to continue exploring that avenue.  Does that mean I think I can make a difference if I am on the school board?  Does that even mean I could win an election to get a seat on the school board?  Or, does that even mean a commitment for 2 years on the board would allow me to make any changes to the current system?  I have no answers to those questions, but the answer I do have is that God’s peace has gone before me and in faith I am committed to following Him.

I do not know what purposes God has behind this new tangent He has been guiding some of my time and energy into.  I could only be possibly exploring this school board position so God can put me into contact with certain people I have never met.  Or, I could end up running only to lose and yet a higher purpose that I don’t’ understand could be served through the event.  Or, I could sit on the board for 2 years and accomplish nothing because of the entire infrastructure seems to be pushing the system into eminent collapse.  But, then again maybe God wants to do a work in my local school district and He wants me to join Him in His work.  It is by faith and obedience I have chosen to move forward, not understanding in any way.

This quote by Oswald Chambers took on a new meaning to me after the exchange I had with my mother.  “When we do anything from a sense of duty, we can back it up by arguments; when we do anything in obedience to the Lord, there is no argument possible; that is why a saint can be easily ridiculed.” In the end, my response to my mother was that I was not pursuing this call out of my own desire, but rather out of a nudging from God that I couldn’t explain.  To her, my response was not adequate, but she finally tired in trying to convince me to not run for the school board.  In all reality, I did not have an argument to stand on in talking to her about this subject, but my peace was apparent because I did have a God to stand behind as I set my heart to following His lead in this situation.

As you ponder the path of obedience over the path of reason or duty, I want to leave you with the following scripture verses below from Psalm 37.  May God continue to encourage you to stand in the gap for Him, no matter what He asks you to do – no matter where it may take you – no matter how it may look to anyone else but Him.  Have courage and “be strong in the Lord and the power of His might”. (Ephesians 6:10)

Psalm 37:1-11
Do not fret because of evildoers,
Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.

For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,

And wither as the green herb.
Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.

Delight yourself also in the Lord,

And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,

And He shall bring it to pass.

He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,

And your justice as the noonday.
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,

Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.

Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;

Do not fret—it only causes harm.
For evildoers shall be cut off;
But those who wait on the
Lord,
They shall inherit the earth.

For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more;

Indeed, you will look carefully for his place,

But it shall be no more.

But the meek shall inherit the earth,

And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

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