Monday, November 26, 2007

God Knows What We Need

I shouldn't be, but I continue to be amazed at the ways in which God knows what we need. Not only is there a knowledge of the need, there in an amazing ability to provide in unexpected ways. Over the last few months in the church I have been doing some small group or one-on-one meetings with people from the church I serve. Through one of those meetings yesterday God has provided just what I needed. After the Sunday services, I was feeling less than encouraged about my abilities as a pastor. I had a stressful weekend, and have been watching the church attendance stagnate over the past few weeks. I had begun to wonder if I was reaching anyone. If people were growing in their faith, or if I was doing anything of value in the kingdom of God. Just to clarify, not a happy or good place to be. My plan was to call my covenant partners later in the evening, after this meeting with three women from the church. God knew I needed that meeting more than anything in the world. I sat with three women who have have been growing in their faith over the last year, and have decided recently to jump out of comfort zones and begin to serve God in new ways. They told the reason was that God was using me, to encourage them and show them the possibilities of what God could do. Thank you ladies and thank you God for the encouragement.

I do not write this for me, rather that we would know that we have a Heavenly Father who cares for us more than we can imagine. He knows what we need, what our soul needs, or responsibility is to be obedient in following his call and lead.


Bill said...

Thank God for the counsel and support of the saints. I thought as I read your post how I often get into whinning sessions about what I do and who I do it with. It is so important to remember that the saints we serve are a blessing.

Dana said...

I think you should know that the reason I go to church on Sundays is to hear what you have to say. You are an amazing public speaker and you truly care about the difference between your own words and what God has to say through you. I have never encountered a pastor who acknowledges this difference.

I think you ought to know the impact that you make on the congregation...and just so you know, you're impact on this Sunday church goer has really influenced my life. I don't know what God has planned for me or if I'm really hearing him at all but I do know that your sermons speak to me. It's like someone took notes on my life and brought them to you or something (really strange). Actually, I think i do know who that someone is, it could only be God.

p.s. I loved "The Barbarian Way"