Monday, October 20, 2014

cross roads

Cross roads, a fork in the road, a change in plans, or redirection. What ever you call it, that is were I am sitting. Most people get here their last year of school, so I guess it is fitting that I am sitting here now at a fourth of the way through my last year at Bob Jones University. God uses people we meet, troubles we go through, speeches we hear, reading His word and other books to direct us in the way we are to go. Some times the path is not clear like a sidewalk, but more like a overgrown tail through the woods. So here I sit a a fork in the path, unsure if I am acutely at a fork or  if I just think there is a path and there is not one. Anyone who knows me really well knows that I really like plans and I really do not like uncertainty.
   In Children's Church on Sundays the kids are working on memorizing Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for them that love God who are called according to His purpose." The way we and teaching the kids this through the stories of the nation of Israel that are found in the Old Testament. Especially through the lives of Joesph and Moses, both of these man went through a lot of ups and downs in their lives and yet they were faithful to God and the loved him no matter what happened to them. I am sure that at times they were uncertain about the way God was taking them to their calling, just like I am right now.
   We are told in Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." and then the rest of the chapter is filled with stories of men and woman that had faith and trusted God. Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sara, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Rehab, Gideon, Samson, David, Samuel and the list could go on and on. Then when we get to chapter 12:1-2 we read "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of  our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."
   So even though I do not know which is the right way to go I will set my focus on my Lord and savior Jesus Christ, I will take courage in the fact that all these great people of faith have gone before me and have fought the good fight and have won the prize. With these reminders and this sight to set my focus on I will not let uncertainty get me down. I  will trust God and his plan, because I know that ALL THINGS (this means the good, bad, easy and hard things) aid in the good God has in store for me and He is preparing me to do His work... where ever that might be.