If you clicked on this article thinking this was a pregnancy announcement, it’s not. I am NOT pregnant. Now that that’s out of the way…I am expecting THE LORD to move in our lives like never before.
We’re in a season of transition, a season of many unknowns. My husband was the youth and worship pastor at our church. This was his livelihood.
It’s scary to step away from something familiar, comfortable, and safe…especially when there’s nothing set in place when you leave. But the Lord said it was time to continue His work somewhere else.
The answer is simple to many questions we’ve been asked: We don’t know. But what we do know is the Lord has provided in only ways that He could over the past few weeks.
I’m not just talking about monetary provisions. I’m talking about His presence in the loneliness, His peace in the chaos and unknown, and His comfort in the brokenness. He’s provided hope through His Word and encouragement through His people.
We’ve seen him do it before, we know He’ll do it again.
It’s exciting to see Him work and do what only He can do. It’s scary because our future is still unknown and there’s no telling where He’ll lead us.
We don’t know where we’re going, we just know who we’re following.
You’re Out Of Your Mind
Serving Jesus in any capacity doesn’t make sense if you really think about it. Especially to the outside world.
Jesus’ own family didn’t understand what He was doing. They even said he was out of his mind for leaving behind what he was doing to go into ministry!
Mark 3:21, “And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, ‘He is out of his mind.’”
Just before this, Jesus gathered his 12 disciples and the multitudes surrounded them, so much so that they couldn’t even stop to eat a piece of bread (Mark 3:13-20). (It’s important to note that Jesus didn’t respond to their statement.)
Why would Jesus’ own family think that He was out of His mind?
Here are a few thoughts taken from David Guzik:
- He left a prosperous business to become an itinerant preacher.
- The religious and political leaders plotted to destroy Him, so his physical safety was in question. (“The Pharisees went out and immediately held counsel with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.” Mark 3:6)
- He picked such an unlikely group of disciples that His judgment could be questioned.
- But there was one last straw that really pushed his family into this mindset: the pressures of this incredible ministry made Him miss regular mealtimes (For all those with husbands in ministry, I know you can relate!)
“Jesus constantly faced the rejection of the religious and political leaders of the day, and in a way, their hatred of Jesus made sense – He actually threatened their status quo. Undoubtedly, it was far more painful and challenging for Jesus to deal with the way His own people rejected Him. It isn’t easy to be profoundly misunderstood as you try to walk with God.” (Cole)
What Is Faith?
Faith is “… the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things NOT seen.” (Hebrews 11:1). It’s only natural to want evidence. But as Christians, we have to remember that we’re after the supernatural.
Faith is having hope even when you don’t have all the answers or know where you’re going.
“The Lord told Abram, ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.’” (Genesis 12:1) God didn’t lay out a step-by-step plan for Abram and his family. He just told him to go, or some versions say, “Get out”.
Abraham is mentioned in the Faith Hall of Fame. Hebrews 11:8, “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.”
Abraham (Abram at the time) was expecting the Lord to move in a mighty way. He knew God would follow through on His promises.
This is not a testament of our faithfulness by no means. We are found faithless time and time again. This is a testament of HIS faithfulness.
- Based upon God’s Word, what are you expecting the Lord to do in your life?
- What does God’s faithfulness look like in your life?
- Is there something in your life that the Lord is telling you to go, to step away from, or to get out of?
Trust God in the unknown. You’ll be sure to find Him there.