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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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April 23, 2013 - Just Trust Him

By Jerry D. Scott

In 1977, Bev and I left our first real ministry call and moved to Wyoming. A boomtown called Gillette, full of young workers and with a shortage of spiritual care, caught my attention and seemed like a place where a young preacher could do something good. I felt the Spirit was motivating our desire to relocate far from family, friends and the familiar. We packed up and moved.

We were on an adventure with no safety net or job promise! Our first three months in Gillette brought one trial after another. Our infant son, Jay, developed critical pneumonia and was hospitalized. Our denomination balked at transferring my ministerial license to another district because, due to my inexperience, I had failed to observe proper protocol. To support my little family, I took a backbreaking job in construction working from sun-up to dark!

It sure looked like I had made a colossal error in judgment! A year later, we moved back to New Jersey and to the position we had left. I looked like a kid who lost his nerve and failed in his mission. The whole move appeared to be a meaningless detour.

But, all these years later, I am still convinced God sent us to Gillette, Wyo. What I did not know then, but do now, was that His purpose was not to use me to save the town! He used the town to save me! In those 12 months, God provided mentors and experiences that taught me about His faithfulness and grace. It changed my life, literally!

More than a half-century on this earth has made me aware of one sure thing — God's way is higher than my ways! That's true for all of us. Just when we think we have made our plans and secured our future, everything turns inside out. A new business runs headlong into a recession. Investments lose a ton of money. A major physical problem unfolds. We don't know where to turn; we're forced to wait on God.

But when there seems to be no answer, God reveals a divine solution. I believe God smiles at our sense of surety, not because He's mean, but more like a father who knows how much his children do not know.

As I watch my own adult children, I sometimes want to rush in to offer them the benefit of my experience, but realize they need to figure it out for themselves. My counsel is available, but not forced on them. God, too, offers the counsel of the Word and the Spirit, but is patient as we try to work out our problems and slowly come to realize our dependency on Him.

 I am so thankful God is a patient Father who works out His purposes — sometimes with our cooperation, and sometimes in spite of our obstinacy! Not every experience ties itself into a neat package with a complete answer. Some of our experiences remain puzzling. We ask, "Why did that happen? What purpose did that serve?"

The Lord told Isaiah, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. ... For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:8,9, KJV).

So, we trust Him!

Here's a word from the Word. Let it reshape fear into faith and change despair to hope.

"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory. What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?" (Romans 8:28-31, NLT).

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor of Faith Discovery Church (Assemblies of God) in Washington, N.J.

 

 

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