Topic: One Person
This mornings’ Bible study went in many different directions. There are so many topics that we could have discussed. The topic of courage, wisdom and wavering decisiveness was mentioned. Signs and prayer, direction and confidence were still others.
And Jesus answered and said to them, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will happen. (Matthew 21:21)
True story: I was once told a story by a young friend of mine that I think of often. He told me that he had started a job as a machine operator at a plastic manufacturing company. He told me that he really liked the job, his fellow employees and his Supervisor.
After being there just a short while, one day near the end of his shift, he noticed that the part he was producing had a mild deformity that he didn’t like. The operating procedures were specific on the machine set up, but he decided to stray from those procedures and he made an adjustment. The adjustment solved the deformity and the machine was pumping out perfect parts!
Being new and lacking confidence, he was afraid to tell his Supervisor the change that he made. When he left for the day, he was very nervous about that decision to change the machine set up. It consumed his thoughts. Later in the evening, his phone rang and when he looked at the caller I.D. he recognized that it was his employers’ phone number. Instantly fear struck him. He recalled feeling paralyzed and he did not answer the call. A message was left, but he felt he knew what it was about, so he erased it without listening to it.
The next morning, my friend decided not to report back to that job and indeed he never returned. A few years had passed and my friend had a difficult time finding employment during those years. He had recently been unemployed for a long stretch and struggling financially. One afternoon, he was walking through Wal-mart and that same Supervisor recognized him and approached him. His Supervisor was pleasant and had asked how he was doing. The Supervisor then asked my friend why he left that job as a no-call, no-show. Before my friend could respond, the Supervisor continued to tell him that he had tried calling him that evening to let him know that whatever adjustments my friend had made on that machine had solved a problem that the company had been trying to address for years and that the Supervisor only wanted to know what he did! The Supervisor said that the company missed him and if he ever needed employment to return and find him.
We here at home have been dealing with confidence issues. Some are the result of the past and how we have been treated. Most lack faith in God that seems to always slip our conscious awareness. We see signs every day of His path for us, but are we looking constantly? Are we asking constantly? Are we acknowledging Him?
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” (1 John 5:14)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
He looks for us!
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10)
I would like to point out that my friend had confidence in his ability (or he wouldn’t have made the adjustment), however, he lacked the courage to confess to his Supervisor the changes. He feared one person. This could be the result of past rejection, criticism, and judgment. Whatever it was could’ve been resolved with prayer and faith. Easy to say, I know! I tell myself and others that if your intent is pure – nothing or no one should stand in your way. Of course, I am a hypocrite and don’t practice what I preach.
“If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.” (Psalm 66:18)
“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)
My mission statement (read yesterdays bible study) is to help just one person with this blog. My intent is pure. No one can stand in my way except me. I prayed hard after this mornings bible study for a sign, direction, and courage. I will help one person today.
“The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry.” (Psalm 34:15)
“In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” (Psalm 5:3)
Todays to “chew on”:
The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
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