The Pastor’s Quill
By Pastor Tim Hodge
Jan 28, 2018
I shared some thoughts with my class on Wednesday night that I’ve been pondering and haven’t been able to shake free from. The topic stems from a self-imposed question: “What do you do when you know what is in you is more than what you are seeing?”
Allow me to elaborate. In our jobs, relationships, dreams, desires, goals, and spiritual walk we may have an innate knowledge that “there is more potential” than what we’re seeing (experiencing). Have you ever been there? It seems in some instances we may keep going round and round the same old proverbial mountain in areas of our lives. Perhaps there have been seasons we deal with discouragement and frustration in those areas because we just ‘knew’ by a certain stage of life we’d be farther past that point. But, alas, there’s that same rock or tree (figurative marker) that we’ve seen a dozen or more times before. It would be easily to become sluggish in our pursuits of life and assume that’s the way it will always be… the same old, same old.
So how do we counteract discouragement and frustration at those mile-markers we’ve seen over and over again? I don’t want to make this out to be too simple, but the answer really is simple: REMAIN FAITHFUL.
If we trust God, then we know Romans 8:28 is sure and He is working all things together for our good. We must walk that faith walk and know His promises deposited in our hearts will come to pass (no matter how long we’ve held onto them). One essence of understanding these matters is to know God is working according to His timing and not ours. While we are waiting for the fulfillment of His timing we are in a constant state of preparation and processing. God is preparing us. Yes, there is more in all of us than we are currently seeing (the dream essence of destiny versus the state of current reality).
Let’s use a job situation as an example. You may have worked the same position for years and you know you’ve been diligent for your company. However, your advancement in promotions and raises seems to have hit a brick wall. What do you do? Quit? Look for other jobs with another company? Become bitter and give less efforts of excellence in your work? Those are all options, but they’re the wrong options.
The Christian who is living a life in pursuit of God’s joy understands promotion, advancement, and progress, in any form (whether tied to career, relationships, goals, spiritual walk, etc.), comes from God.
Here are a couple of wonderful verses in the matter at hand.
Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)
9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
1 Peter 5:6 (NKJV)
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,
My father-in-law and spiritual father, Pastor Kenneth Blease, has always told me: “Son, don’t preach for response; preach for results.” Any results in preaching has to come from God. I can read, research, study, pray, and prepare, but the end results comes from God. I’d dare say the same goes for every essence of our lives: the results come from God.
If we, as Christians, are not experiencing the fullness of fulfillment in areas of our lives then we don’t become bitter. We simply REMAIN FAITHFUL. We don’t retreat. We don’t withdraw sentiment or commitment. We do not let up on our level of pursuit. We REMAIN FAITHFUL. Day in. Day out. For we know God is a rewarder (Hebrews 11:6).
Don’t be anxious in the wait. Be faithful in the process. When our appointment from heaven comes for an advancement in any area of our lives, may we be found FAITHFUL.