Yesterday the Lord asked me to do something I did not want to do, offer a competitor assistance with his program. It took a while to find the correct words to ensure they knew our willingness to help was genuine. I felt a little foolish and exposed, but knowing the consequences of disobedience outweighed any possible humiliation from this group. They were gracious in their reply, but declined my offer.
We went on with our day and seemed to experience more than usual difficulties with sound from the track PA, cameras not wanting to cooperate and a loud and heated conversation with a group that wanted to use our footage without permission. (We were able to sort that out to both of our satisfactions.)
It was simply an insane day and made me wonder what the Lord was up to until I received a call from one of our promoters with an offer that needed serious consideration. It involves an opportunity to stream another series to ESPN 3 and the real possibility of of creating a TV show for ESPN 2. The group and senior ESPN executives are very pleased with our current program and want to explore doing more with us.
Our Fathers requests often seems counterintuitive to how the world would have us act or react to life. His ways are not our ways, but His plans for our lives are well beyond anything we could ever imagine. Obedience is always the best option with the Lord, even when it makes your skin crawl.
Ask yourself one question this morning, when was the last time the Lord showed out in your life? If it’s been a while, perhaps you should examine your relationship with Him and figure out if you’ve done everything He’s asked of you. If you are in willing disobedience, go back and say yes to his last request and then hang on, it’s going to get interesting!
by Os Hillman
“I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.” – John 3:11
When is the last time God did something in your work life that can only be explained as God? Was it yesterday? Was it just last week? A month ago? A year ago? The answer to this question may mean several things. If it has been some time since you saw God’s activity in such a way that you know it was His hand, you may not be trusting to a level that requires faith. You may not be risking enough for God to show Himself. The converts in the early Church changed the world they lived in because of what they saw and heard. It was the power of the gospel that changed lives, not what they learned from mere teaching. This power drew people to Christ. Things happened that could not be explained as anything other than the activity of God. Is that the kind of faith you are experiencing in your life? Many of us live a wholesome, moral life, but those we associate with do not see this activity as anything that cannot also be achieved by themselves. That is why many are not drawn to our lives. God’s power is not evident. The Lord has been challenging me to trust Him at levels I have never trusted before. This level of trust has placed me in a vulnerable position. However, the blessing of this relationship is that I see the activity of God as never before, and those close to me see it as well. It builds their faith and draws others to investigate.
Sometimes the activity of God comes in unusual ways. God often sets up scenes that appear to be negative on the front end, but God has orchestrated these events for His glory.
-Without Pharaoh’s pursuit of Israel at the Red Sea, there is no miraculous deliverance.
-Without Lazarus’s death, there is no rising to life.
-Without Goliath, there is no underdog story.
-Without Peter stepping out of the boat, there is no miracle on the water.
-Without Judas’ betrayal, there is no resurrection.
God wants to show Himself in ways you and I cannot imagine. Let God demonstrate His power in your workplace today. Then, you will see “all men drawn unto Me.”