I already admitted that I was over-thinking on this one…
So in the lives of God’s people, if everything is going peachy…numbers are up…money is up…programs are great…people are being saved…the music rocks…the word is being taught…lives are changing…babies aren’t crying as much…the a/c is colder than normal…then we can safely assume that God is doing these great things?
But if the numbers are down…the sermons are boring…the music is a snoozer…the baptism water has algae…people are unruly…we’re always begging for money…the building is in bad shape…the pastor doesn’t doesn’t write books or speak at conferences…do we conclude that God is not moving so much or that we are doing stuff by our own effort and God is not really behind what we are doing?
Or do we shrug our shoulders and say, “Whatever. God predestined it. He made it all happen anyway.”?
Or maybe we could give God a little jump start and get him moving again, if we would pray more.
So it’s confession time. I really don’t have the answers on this one. And I’m pretty sure I’ve made a mountain out of a red ant hill. (It’s a Texas thing…)
Maybe all of us should spend less time speaking for God…and less time analyzing his movement…and less time being confident we know exactly what it is that God is doing…and a lot more time simply obeying his word.